Downtown Vancouver liquor stores ordered to close early for Game 7 of Stanley Cup finals
The B.C. government has ordered the early closure of liquor stores in downtown Vancouver for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
According to a news release from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, the general manager of the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch believes the move is justified by a “real and serious threat to public safety”.
Thirteen private and six public liquor stores will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday (June 15), as they previously did for Game 6 on June 13.
The private stores affected by the order are Coal Harbour Liquor Store, Crosstown Liquor Store, Denman Place Wines, Dover Arms Liquor Store, Jimmy’s Cold Beer and Wine Store, Liberty Wines, Sheraton Vancouver Fine Spirits, 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 public stores that will close early are the Alberni and Bute, Robson, Cardero, Bute, Yaletown, and Harbour Centre locations.
Provincial liquor inspectors and Vancouver police reported a decline in public drinking and alcohol-related problems after the Game 6 closures.
Police will focus their liquor enforcement activities on SkyTrain stations, the Georgia Street fan zone, and the Granville Entertainment District, according to the release.
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