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BC Extends Patio Service Area Expansions Until October 2021

The BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch announced today that its earlier program to allow expanded service areas for liquor licensees (including winery tasting rooms and lounges) is being extended from its current end date of Oct 31, 2020 to Oct 31, 2021. This program allows for larger serving areas (e.g. patios) for licensees in order to accommodate physical distancing requirements and other public health order requirements. The policy directive and details are here: Temporary Expanded Service Area – Extension. This change is obviously good news for licensees who will now be able to plan for expanded service areas to continue through the winter and through the bulk of next year. 

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