Government of BC has temporarily extended hours of retail liquor service in the province to enhance physical distancing for seniors and people who are immuno-compromised.
Liquor retailers, such as wine stores or private liquor stores can now temporarily operate between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily, if they choose to do so.
These measures should provide seniors and immuno-compromised populations the opportunity to buy liquor during early shopping hours, BC said.
The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) has now issued a policy directive that temporarily extends hours of service for licensee retail stores, wine stores, special wine stores, and liquor manufacturers with onsite store endorsements.
The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) has put into place measures that will allow the same operating hours at rural agency stores as well.
Under this directive, delivery services can also buy liquor products on behalf of a customer from a liquor store, or any licensee authorized to sell in unopened containers, and to deliver and sell that liquor during these same hours.
The new policies are effective immediately and will remain in effect until July 15, 2020.