Happy hour is coming to B.C.’s restaurant and hospitality industries. Premier Christy Clark announced today (December 17) the provincial government’s support for more changes to B.C.’s liquor regulations, including one that would allow restaurants to offer time-limited drink specials.
"These changes are about updating antiquated licensing rules to reflect what British Columbians actually want, while continuing to protect public safety," Clark stated in a news release.
Other changes provide more dining options for families and greater freedom for restaurant customers.
The government is recommending that minors be allowed to dine with their families in pubs, legions, and membership clubs, and that restaurant patrons no longer be required to order food with their beverage in food-primary establishments. Diners will also be allowed to move freely with a beverage from one licensed area to another.
“Families should be able to dine together in their neighbourhood pub. Consumers should be free to order whatever they want in a restaurant. These are exactly the kind of common-sense changes to B.C.'s liquor laws we promised to make—and we're keeping that promise,” Clark said.
Serving It Right, the province’s beverage service program, will be expanded to further protect public safety. All hospitality industry workers who serve alcohol will require SIR certification, including liquor store staff, restaurant employees, and people who serve during special occasions.