BC government temporarily allowing restaurants to deliver liquor products

Mar 22 2020, 11:36 am

The BC government is temporarily allowing restaurants to deliver liquor products amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and this is effective immediately.

These changes have been made in order to support workers in the restaurant industry, with eateries now permitted to use unemployed servers to deliver liquor products alongside the purchase of a meal.

“In these extraordinary times, more British Columbians are relying on delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said David Eby, BC’s Attorney General, in a statement.

“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.”

Sealed and packaged liquor products can be picked up or delivered to people’s homes, something restaurants could not do before unless they had a special endorsement on their licence.

Employees delivering the liquor products will be required to be certified with Serving It Right. Businesses will also be verifying the identification of customers.

The changes take effect immediately and expire July 15, 2020.

“These changes not only help restaurant operators through a very tough time, but also could support the many British Columbians working in our breweries, wineries and distilleries,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. “Supporting local businesses and choosing to Buy BC makes a real difference in our communities, especially at a time like this.”