Downtown liquor stores to close at 4 p.m. for Canucks game
Nineteen public and private liquor stores in downtown Vancouver have been ordered to close at 4 p.m. today (June 13) as Canucks fans prepare for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final.
The B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch ordered the closures out of concern over public drinking and intoxication, according to a statement from B.C. Solicitor General Shirley Bond.
Vancouver police estimated that more than 100,000 people crowded into the downtown area for Friday’s Game 5 against the Boston Bruins. There were 2,850 liquor pour-outs and two dozen arrests for public disorder and drunkenness.
“Unfortunately, alcohol consumption on the streets and public intoxication reached an unacceptable level on Friday and we have a responsibility to ensure everyone can enjoy public events and celebrations in a safe manner,” Bond said in the statement.
“The decision to close liquor outlets early is made on a day-by-day basis and the decision is not taken lightly. We are aware of the inconvenience for customers and the impact on the businesses that must close early. However, protecting public safety must be our overriding concern.”
The six affected B.C. Liquor Stores are: Alberni and Bute, Bute Street, Cardero, Harbour Centre, Robson, and Yaletown.
The affected private locations are: Coal Harbour Liquor Store, Crosstown Liquor Store, Denman Place Wines, Dover Arms Liquor Store, Jimmy’s Cold Beer and Wine Store, Liberty Wines, and Sheraton Vancouver Fine Spirits.
Other private locations affected are: Spirit of Howe Beer and Wine, St. Regis Fine Wines and Spirits, Steamworks Licensee Retail Store, Sutton Place Wine Merchant, Viti Wine and Lagers, and Yaletown Liquor Store.
The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch made the decision on the closures after consulting with police, B.C. liquor enforcement officials, the B.C. Ambulance Service, and the regional health authority.
During the 2010 Winter Olympics, the VPD recommended similar liquor store closures in an effort to curb incidents of public intoxication.