Ontario is permanently allowing alcohol with food takeout and delivery

Dec 9 2020, 5:10 pm

At least one pandemic-related change in Ontario is sticking around for the long run.

The province announced Wednesday that it’s going to permanently allow alcohol purchases with food takeout and delivery.

“We’re building on the actions we took early in the pandemic to support local restaurants, bars and other businesses by providing permanent help to workers and small businesses as they face these ongoing challenges,” Attorney General Doug Downey said in a news release.

Ontario initially allowed takeout and delivery alcohol purchases from local restaurants temporarily during the pandemic. Now it’s allowing licensed businesses to make take-home wine, beer, and cocktails a regular part of their offerings.

The province made some other changes that pave the way for some alcoholic beverage producers to deliver products straight to customers. It’s also letting local brewers and distillers sell Ontario-made spirits and wine at farmer’s markets.