It’s official: come Monday, liquor laws will become “modernized” in B.C.
The provincial government says these policy changes will transform the liquor landscape.
John Yap, who serves as Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Reform, says the new laws are about increasing flexibility for more liquor sales and service.
He says these changes are to support businesses.
“So any business, not just those in hospitality, or the restaurant business can apply for a license.”
Those can include barbershops, salons, book stores and art galleries, among others.
Yap adds that the changes are also designed to increase convenience for consumers.
“Reducing the restrictions on businesses, in terms of the ability for customers to move from one area of a license facility to another,” he says.
For example, golf course patrons will now be able to take a drink from one service area to another, and guests in hotels or resorts with a bar on site will now be permitted to carry drinks from licensed areas directly into their rooms.
The new laws stem from the recommendations in the 2013 Liquor Policy Review.
Some changes to liquor laws include:
- allowing hotels and resorts to offer a cocktail through hotel room service 24/7;
- eliminating ‘beer gardens’ by allowing the entire special event site to be licensed;
- allowing the sale of mixed-spirit drinks at public licensed special events;
- allowing hosts to serve UBrew/UVin or homemade beer at licensed family special events;
- permitting arenas, theatres and stadiums to offer mixed-spirit drinks in all licensed spaces, not only in boxes or premium seats;
- allowing restaurant customers to order a drink without requiring food to be purchased;
- permitting minors in participating pubs when accompanied by a parent or guardian;
- permitting the purchase of liquor at festivals or competitions; and
- allowing home brewers and vintners to showcase their creations through hobby brewer and hobby vintner competitions.
A full list of all changes and regulations can be found here.