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WorkSafeBC increasing presence for St. Patrick's Day booze ban

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March 16, 2021 - 4:30 PM

WorkSafeBC will be out ensuring COVID-19 measures are being properly followed by certain businesses for St. Patrick's Day.

As part of measures announced by the provincial health officer, liquor sales restrictions will be in effect for St. Patrick's Day.

"We will have an increased presence in inspecting bars and restaurants tomorrow (March 17)," WorkSafeBC said in an email to iNFOnews.

Alcohol sales will be cut off at 8 p.m. tomorrow night at restaurants, bars and pubs, and liquor and grocery stores.

"Unless a full meal is provided, premises which are licensed to serve liquor must close between 9 p.m. on March 17 and 9 a.m. on March 18," a statement from the provincial health officer said.

WorkSafeBC said some employers have let their business COVID-19 safety plans become dated, and have failed to follow new public health orders put in place over the last number of months.

“With spring break and St. Patrick’s Day both taking place this month, we want to ensure employers and workers are again ready for a potential increase in people coming to their workplaces,” Al Johnson, head of prevention services for WorkSafeBC said in a news release.

The agency will also be inspecting and consulting with businesses throughout the month of March when many families participate in spring break activities.

The initiative will focus primarily on overnight and short-term accommodation, food and leisure services, amusement facilities, sports and entertainment facilities, ski hills and golf courses.

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