LCBO puts SkipTheDishes partnership on hold after province intervenes

After SkipTheDishes announced the partnership on Friday

The LCBO has paused its partnership with SkipTheDishes after the Ontario government instructed them to do so.

The partnership with the food delivery app would have allowed customers to order alcohol through the app and website. After the partnership caused some anxiety in the restaurant and bar industry, which has been partially relying on alcohol sales via takeout and delivery, the province intervened.

“Following direction from the Ontario Government, effective end of day today, LCBO’s partnership with SkipTheDishes is paused until further notice,” the LCBO announced in a statement on Sunday. “We are proud to continue offering a safe in-store shopping experience and our expanded Same-Day Pickup option and will continue to look for new ways to increase choice and convenience to our customers.”

SkipTheDishes had announced the partnership on Friday, saying it had planned to start “on-demand delivery” to LCBO customers, beginning with 15 stores in Toronto.