The take-out rules of BC changed to allow glasses of wine or draft beer with meal

Vancouver –

The BC government is expanding the list of alcoholic beverages that bars and restaurants can sell for takeaway or delivery.

From Friday, liquor license holders in the province – whether their licenses are liquor or food primary – can pack and sell a wider selection of individual servings of alcohol with the purchase of a meal.

Earlier during the COVID-19 pandemic, the province changed its liquor rules to allow such companies to sell bottles of wine, beer and spirits as well as mixed drinks packaged as single servings.

The latest change is based on this idea, and allows for the sale of beer, wine and unmixed spirits by the glass.

In a press release on Friday, the Ministry of Public Security framed the new rules as “another revenue-generating option for licensed restaurants and pubs”, many of which have struggled to survive the pandemic.

The ministry said it introduced the latest change after receiving feedback from its business technical advisory panel and engaging in “extensive consultation.”

About 8,000 businesses – 2,000 liquor-primary and 6,000 food-primary licensees – are affected by the change, according to the ministry.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 29, 2021.

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