The province is tweaking liquor laws again, with the latest round of changes loosening up where and when you can enjoy an adult beverage.
Under the new regime, you’ll be able to carry unfinished drinks to hotel rooms, hotels can offer complimentary drinks to guests checking in, and golf courses can allow guests to carry drinks “between licensed areas on the course.”
It’s arguably more a relaxing of the laws than full blown reforms, and will take effect January 23 of next month.
Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Policy Reform John Yap says there wasn’t time to have the new rules in place for Christmas-New Year.
“We had to rewrite the legislation to make sure that we brought the legislation to reflect the modern world we live in and it was a lot of work, a lot of policy work had to happen, a lot of regulation had to be written,” he says.
Yap says the speed of reform makes sense considering the scope of policy under the microscope.
“We’ve gone from having a patchwork of laws and regulations that really harken back to the days of prohibition to now modernising.”