Coronavirus: Oliver, B.C. distillery lifting spirits by supplying front line workers with sanitizer

First responders are flocking to the Dubh Glas Distillery near Oliver, B.C., to get their hands on some hand sanitizer amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

“Oh we were thrilled, I raced down here,” said deputy fire chief with the Willowbrook Fire Department, Tony Iannella.

Local health care workers and first responders are facing a shortage of personal protective equipment and products, which are in high demand due to COVID-19.

“At this time there is nothing available anywhere due to the hoarding that the public has been doing, we can’t get our hands on anything. We are desperately seeking masks, sanitizers, gloves, face shields, gowns,” Iannella said.

Grant Stevly, a volunteer firefighter himself, is trying to help fill the gap by switching production at his distillery from gin and whisky to disinfectant.

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