B.C. liquor stores are getting more flexibility in their operations on a permanent basis.
Liquor retailers in the province had been authorized to open earlier for the safety and convenience of their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic back in April 2020.
In April 2020, the government temporarily authorized retailers including wine stores and private liquor stores to open as early as 7 a.m., to facilitate physical distancing for seniors and those who are immunocompromised.
This temporary authorization was originally set to expire on June 30, 2021, but has now been implemented on a permanent basis.
In response to industry feedback and to ensure businesses can continue to support their customers – particularly seniors and those who live in rural areas – the province announced is permanently allowing B.C. liquor stores to operate between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily, if they choose to do so.
This permanent change relates to in-store shopping only. Liquor delivery may occur only after 9 a.m., and the authorization for unlicensed third-party delivery services to deliver liquor at 7 a.m. expires on June 30, 2021.
The provincial government stressed that these changes do not override any additional requirements or limitations placed on hours of liquor service by local governments or First Nations.