Liquor licences to be issued to BC businesses starting in 2017

Nov 17 2016, 3:28 am

British Columbians will soon be able to treat themselves to a glass of wine while getting a manicure, or a glass of whisky while getting a haircut.

New policy changes from the BC Government will allow businesses such as barber shops, salons, spas, cooking schools, art galleries, and bookstores to apply for a liquor licence.

“Since 2013, we have been working to modernize antiquated liquor laws,” said John Yap, Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Policy Reform, in a release.

“We want the rules to complement businesses, not hinder them. We want to bolster creativity and innovation, not create barriers and red tape.”

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The change will be effective starting January 23, 2017. However, businesses that target minors or operate from motor vehicles will not be able to apply.

Shops and services will have to go through the same licensing processes as other establishments and all staff serving alcohol will have to be ‘Serving-It-Right’ certified.

Currently, BC’s Liquor Policy Review is making 73 recommendations to change the province’s liquor laws.

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