Municipal alcohol policy needs input
Contributed/District of West Kelowna
January 25, 2015 - 6:11 PM
WEST KELOWNA - The community is being asked to weigh in on new rules that are in the works for events at District of West Kelowna properties and facilities where alcohol is served.
The Municipal Alcohol Policy (MAP) Survey is open until February 5 and can be found online at www.districtofwestkelowna.ca/MAPSurvey. Public input is a key piece of the policy, which has already been reviewed by stakeholders including facility user groups.
The District of West Kelowna is partnering with BC Healthy Communities to create a MAP that will promote responsible alcohol consumption at public and private events sanctioned by the District or held on District property. The policy will set out requirements and responsibilities for event organizers including:
- Ensuring servers are at least 19 years old and have Serving It Right training;
- Creating a Safe Ride Home plan for guests and ensuring options are posted throughout the event venue;
- Refusing service to guests who’ve had too much to drink; and,
- Preventing minors from being served alcohol at events.
The policy’s rules will be applied to facilities and properties such as Royal LePage Place and Jim Lind Arena, Lakeview Heights Community Hall, Boucherie Ball Fields and Kinsmen and Memorial Parks.
Community feedback will be used to gauge public sentiment regarding the draft policy. Any necessary tweaks will be made based on public input before the policy is presented to Mayor and Council in the spring for their feedback and consideration of adoption.
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