VICTORIA, B.C. -The sale and delivery of packaged liquor is now permanent for businesses that required on-site consumption pre-COVID-19.

At the start of the pandemic, the provincial government chose to support the food and beverage industry by making temporary liquor sale and consumption laws. Before the pandemic, restaurants and pubs were only authorized to sell liquor for consumption on-site.

Following recommendations from the Business Technical Advisory Panel, B.C. temporarily authorized the sale of packaged liquor products for off-site consumption with the purchase of a meal for delivery or take-out.

“Making this authorization permanent will provide approximately 8,000 businesses with long-term financial support and certainty and will aid in the hospitality industry’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth in a March 12th release.

Since the initial authorization, it has been extended three times at the request of the industry and the general public.

This marks the second temporary authorization government has made permanent since the beginning of the pandemic. In February, the B.C. government announced restaurants, bars, and tourism operators with liquor licences could permanently purchase liquor at wholesale prices.

Individuals delivering liquor products on behalf of pubs or restaurants are required to be certified with Serving it Right, and safe delivery measures like identity verification are in place.