BC government will allow restaurants to deliver liquor along with the purchase of a meal.
The change will reinforce social distancing and help out-of-workers servers, government said.
The changes take effect immediately and will expire on July 15.
Customers who purchase a meal can also get sealed, packaged liquor for pick up from the restaurant’s premises or for delivery at home.
Previously, these licensees were only permitted to sell liquor for consumption in their establishment, unless they had a special endorsement on their licence.
The individuals delivering the liquor products will also be required to be certified with Serving It Right, which government hopes will help encourage businesses to use currently laid-off serving staff to make these deliveries.
“In these extraordinary times, more British Columbians are relying on delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said David Eby, Attorney General of BC.
“Permitting licensed restaurants to hire their out of work servers to deliver liquor products as part of their food-delivery service allows the public to continue to observe social distancing measures and also offers much-needed support to these workers and businesses.”