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Need booze? Liquor store hours extended in B.C.

The B.C. government is extending its liquor store hours.
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April 15, 2020 - 11:20 AM

The province has temporarily extended the hours at liquor stores in British Columbia to provide greater opportunities for physical distancing.

Liquor retailers, such as wine stores or private liquor stores, throughout the province are now temporarily allowed to operate between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily if they choose to do so.

"These time-limited measures should provide seniors and immuno-compromised populations the opportunity to buy liquor during early shopping hours already being provided by other retailers, such as grocery stores," reads the press release.

Extending the hours of retail liquor service will support these businesses in complying with the requirements set out by the provincial health officer, the Ministry of Health and other authorities, including those related to physical distancing.

The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) issued a policy directive that temporarily extends hours of service for licensee retail stores, wine stores, special wine stores and liquor manufacturers with onsite store endorsements, while the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) has put into place measures that allow the same operating hours at rural agency stores.

Under the temporary directives, delivery services are also authorized to purchase liquor products on behalf of a customer from a liquor store, or any licensee authorized to sell in unopened containers, and to deliver and sell that liquor during these same hours.

The new policies are effective immediately and will remain in effect until July 15. These changes do not override any additional requirements or limitations placed on businesses regarding hours of liquor service by local governments or First Nations.

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