TORONTO — The Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA) has successfully advocated for an extension of liquor-service hours in the province during the FIFA World Cup tournament.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and the Registrar of Alcohol, Gaming and Racing has approved the start of liquor service in the province at 9 a.m. for liquor-sales licensees during the tournament, which take place June 14 to July 15. The extension is intended to allow service to coincide with the beginning of some games, which, because of the time difference involved, will air in Ontario early in the morning. The closing service time of 2 a.m. will remain unchanged.
While temporary extensions are not normally provided for events taking place outside of the province, the Registrar recognizes that the 2018 FIFA World Cup is an event of international significance for many communities in Ontario and is one of the most watched sporting events in the world.
The extension of hours will apply to licensed establishments province-wide. If a municipality objects to the extension of hours in their jurisdiction then they may notify the Registrar in writing of their objection and local wishes will be respected. Individual establishments are responsible for ensuring that their municipality is not one that has objected to this extension of hours.
Further information is available at agco.ca.