Residents of British Columbia will be able to have their booze delivered for a little while longer.
The B.C. government announced on Monday that it will be extending the temporary authorization that permits food-primary and liquor-primary licensees to sell and deliver sealed, packaged liquor products alongside the purchase of a meal for off-site consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic until Oct. 31.
Furthermore, the province is also extending temporary authorizations allowing for increased liquor store hours liquor service to Aug. 31. As a result, liquor stores will continue to be allowed to temporarily operate between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.
Both temporary authorizations were set to expire on July 15.
“Extending the temporary authorization will provide businesses with continued relief from the financial hardship of the pandemic and help make it easier for vulnerable British Columbians to continue observing physical distancing guidelines,” the province said in a media release.
Prior to the temporary measure being introduced, restaurants and pubs could only sell liquor-related products for consumption in their establishments unless they had a special endorsement on their liquor licence.
The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch Policy Directives can be viewed here.