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Liquor delivery with take-out meals made permanent in B.C.

Last Updated Mar 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm PDT

B.C. has permanently allowed restaurants and bars to deliver sealed, packaged liquor products alongside a meal. (Courtesy Leo Patrizi/iStock)
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Restaurants and bars can now permanently deliver alcoholic drinks with purchase of a take-out meal

Province initially brought in the temporary rule to help businesses struggling during the pandemic

Rule change comes after province permanently allowed restaurants, bars to buy alcohol wholesale

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – People who love getting a beer, growler, or canned cocktail delivered with their take-out dinner during the pandemic, are in luck.

The province is making the sale and delivery of sealed, packaged liquor products alongside a meal a permanent fixture for take-out and delivery.

“The temporary change initially helped us generate sales through a new revenue stream, but making it permanent will give us continued relief from the financial hardship of the pandemic as we move into recovery,” said Ian Tostenson, president and CEO, BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association.

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The rule for liquor-primary and food-primary licensees was brought in during the early days of the pandemic last March to help struggling restaurants and bars make up for lost booze revenue when they were forced to shut down in-house dining.

“Making this authorization permanent will provide approximately 8,000 businesses with long-term financial support and certainty, and will aid in the hospitality industry’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said in a written statement.

B.C. allows restaurants, bars to buy liquor wholesale

In February, the province announced restaurants, bars and tourism industry businesses with liquor licenses would be able to purchase beer, wine, and spirits at wholesale prices permanently.

Liquor laws in some cities have also been relaxed for park goers. In October, the City of North Vancouver permanently allowed people to drink alcohol within designated areas at nine civic parks and plazas, while the City of Port Coquitlam did the same for seven of its public parks last month.

Vancouver council voted in favour of allowing drinking in parks, but the Park Board must also approve it. The BC Liquor Control and Licensing Act must be amended to include park boards, of which Vancouver is the only one in the province.