B.C. restaurants and bars will be able to continue to sell liquor to-go until October 31.
The provincial government has extended its temporary authorization, which allows businesses with food-primary and liquor-primary licences to sell and deliver packaged liquor products, alongside meal purchases, for off-site consumption.
The authorization would have expired July 15.
Prior to the measure, restaurants and bars were in general only allowed to sell liquor for consumption at their establishments. The sale of alcohol for off-site consumption has provided businesses with an additional source of revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The province is also extending an authorization that allows for increased hours of retail liquor service. Extended hours will remain in place until August 31.