COVID-19: Hospitality sector to get fast-tracked liquor licences for expanded patios

Patio dining, seen here in Vancouver in 2019, will look very different in B.C. in 2020.

Restaurants, pubs, wineries, breweries and distilleries can temporarily expand the size of licensed patios and other areas of their premises during B.C.’s reopening by applying online without the usual red tape.

Restaurants that want to serve liquor on their patios would normally require a provincial liquor inspector to visit, examine their plans, and sign off on any proposal, but that requirement is temporarily waived, as is the normal fee, the B.C. government announced on Friday.

The fast-tracking of liquor licensing was applauded by the struggling hospitality industry, which normally employs 190,000 workers, almost all of whom were laid off because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Food and drink service outlets this week were given approval to open at 50 per cent capacity and with other restrictions, cutting their potential revenues after more than two months of being closed. Some restaurants said they would lose more than half of their seating because of room reconfigurations.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun – Business

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