The province says private liquor retailers can now supply events, such as community festivals and private functions, with special permits.
Before the province’s announcement Tuesday, only government liquor stores could sell liquor products to permit holders. The changes follow a Business Technical Advisory Panel recommendation, said the province in a release Tuesday.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, B.C.’s Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch issued approximately 28,000 special event permits annually. On average, permit holders purchased around $26.5 million worth of liquor from 2016 to 2019.
The province says liquor inspectors will continue to check liquor purchases of special event permittees to ensure they are purchasing only from authorized suppliers.
The following private retailers are now able to supply permit holders:
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