The liquor laws for BC summer festivals are relaxing and organizers will now be able to apply for on site licences.
Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says as long as promoters can demonstrate they can serve alcohol safely they will be allowed to sell to adult patrons.
“The ability of summer festivals to license their whole site. In other words, no more beer gardens. You don’t have to have families separated while the dad has a beer and the mom and kids sit outside or vice versa.”
Every festival that wants to serve alcohol will be able to apply for a site license but they will have to demonstrate they can do it safely. They will also have to demonstrate they won’t be serving to minors.
Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says the new rules mean spirits can also now be purchased in sporting stadiums.
The new rules take effect before the summer season and organizers can start the application process now.