VICTORIA, B.C.— The restaurant industry in British Columbia announced changes to the liquor licensing laws this week — offering more flexibility for businesses and their customers.
Key changes to the law include the following: patrons can be served liquor without having to meet rules on food consumption, small amounts of liquor can be transferred between similar types of establishments, and liquor prices can be altered during the day to accommodate “Happy Hour” specials with a $3 minimum per drink.
“These changes are a major step forward in modernizing the province’s liquor laws,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada’s VP, Western Canada. “The new rules are much more clear and reasonable for owners, servers and their guests. Allowing business owners to transfer liquor between one another is a simple change that will help ensure they have their customers’ favourite products in stock.
Currently, 14 of the 73 recommendations from the B.C. Liquor Policy Review have been implemented. For more information regarding minimum drink prices and liquor laws, visit gov.bc.ca.