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First summer of booze on the beach in Penticton with eased COVID restrictions

Growlers from Penticton breweries are seen on an Okanagan Lake beach in Penticton.
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Drinking booze at Penticton’s most popular beaches will be legal again this summer.

The bylaw dealing with the outdoor consumption of liquor will be back in place at Okanagan Beach, Okanagan Lake Park and Skaha Park from May 1 to Oct. 31, between the hours of noon and 8 p.m.

“Over the last two years, feedback to the city has consistently indicated strong support for the bylaw overall and the information collected from staff and RCMP showed no notable pattern of irresponsible behaviour,” Penticton’s director of development services Blake Laven said in a press release issued today, April 27.

READ MORE: No booze on the beach in West Kelowna

Although this will be the third summer drinking has been permitted in those areas, the bylaw allowing it is not necessarily here to stay.

During the first two years years, heavy pandemic restrictions prevented most events from taking place, and the city points out that 2022 will be the first summer full of festivals and events while people can also drink alcohol in public.

“This new perspective will assist council in determining if the bylaw should be made permanent going forward,” the release said.

For detailed map of the designated areas visit the webpage for responsible consumption in designated public places.

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