Longer liquor store hours to become permanent, province says

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Liquor retailers authorized to open earlier during the COVID-19 pandemic have the option to keep extended hours permanently.

The province temporarily allowed liquor retailers, such as wine stores and private liquor stores, to open as early as 7 a.m., in April 2020, to allow physical distancing for seniors and those who are immunocompromised. The provincial government said the temporary authorization was originally set to expire June 30.

“However, in response to industry feedback and to ensure businesses can continue to support their customers — particularly seniors and those who live in rural areas, who have benefited from the convenience of extended retail hours — the province is permanently allowing liquor retailers throughout B.C. to operate between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily,” reads a release from the province. 

The authorization relates to in-store shopping only. Liquor delivery will be permitted after 9 a.m. starting tomorrow (July 1), the province said.

The changes do not override any additional requirements or limitations placed on hours of liquor service by local governments or First Nations.

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