Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Saturday, March 21 2020

COVID-19 Liquor Industry Update

By: Anthony Gismondi
Take-Out Sales Approved

An announcement shared with BC liquor retailers today by ABLE BC, the voice of BC's private liquor industry. We are very pleased to announce that, effective immediately, LPs [Liquor Primary] and FPs [Food Primary] currently operating in compliance with yesterday's Public Health Directive are now permitted to sell packaged liquor with the purchase of a take-away or delivery meal.

The government has moved extremely quickly to make this change at our industry's request. We are enormously grateful for the support and assistance of our government partners and the many staff who worked around the clock to get this change implemented.

Here's what you need to know:
Liquor sales are ONLY permitted with the purchase of a meal for take-away or delivery
You can sell any and all types of packaged liquor; you cannot sell mixed drinks
You may sell via online platforms
You may only sell to patrons (i.e. you cannot sell to other liquor licensees)
For delivery, the person delivering must have Serving it Right and must ensure the customer is of legal drinking age. As with all liquor sales, it is ultimately the licensees' responsibility to ensure compliance.
The change is effective immediately and will remain in place until July 15, 2020.
To be abundantly clear: you ARE NOT PERMITTED to sell alcohol for take-away or delivery without a meal. Doing so will be a direct contravention of your Terms and Conditions and will lead to serious penalties.
This temporary change is an emergency measure to support the thousands of hospitality businesses, and tens of thousands of workers, who are being impacted by this unprecedented crisis. It will also help millions of self-isolated British Columbians continue to enjoy the services of their favourite pub or restaurant.

Written By: ag
Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For over 30 years, he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. The twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to millions of readers. In addition, Anthony co-hosts the BC Food & Wine Radio Show, broadcast in 18 markets across B.C. and available as a podcast on Spotify, Apple and iHeart Radio and more. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.