VICTORIA (July 29, 2020) – John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston and BC Liberal Critic for Liquor and Gaming, introduced legislation today to allow restaurants to permanently sell liquor with delivery and take out sales. If passed, the bill would also support the recent Vancouver Park Board move to allow responsible drinking in 22 municipal parks.
“Bars and restaurants across B.C. have been hit hard by COVID-19 and they need every opportunity possible to keep their doors open and continue providing jobs in our communities,” said Yap. “This bill will support thousands of small businesses by providing opportunities for restaurants to permanently continue selling liquor through takeout and delivery sales, as well as give private liquor retailers a chance to compete while expanding choice to consumers.”
The Liquor Control and Licensing Amendment Act 2020 aims to make permanent some of the common sense solutions brought forward by the BC Liberals over the past few months that expire this fall. The bill, if passed, will allow establishments to continue to sell unopened liquor as a part of their takeout and delivery offerings and will also let them buy liquor from any licensee, including private retailers, keeping costs down for business owners and providing opportunities to support locally-owned liquor retailers.
“This bill will be a great help to B.C.’s restaurant and hospitality industry, which is in dire need of some good news and decisive action to help support thousands of struggling businesses,” said Coralee Oakes, MLA for Cariboo North and BC Liberal Critic for Small Business. “Now more than ever bars, restaurants and other small businesses need every available avenue to stay afloat and keep people employed.”
“It is clear that every sector in the province is finding it difficult to make ends meet and see themselves through this challenging time. This bill gives B.C.’s restaurants a fighting chance to keep their doors open,” added Yap. “In addition, providing the necessary amendments to support the recent decision by the Vancouver Park Board that gives more opportunities for safe, outdoor socially-distanced activities, and encourages people to get out and support their local economies.”