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Jun 22, 2021

COVID-19 Update - June 22, 2021

Updates to Public Order for Food & Liquor Servicing Establishments as well as Gatherings & Events

As a part of phase 2 of BC's restart plan, updated orders are now available for food and liquor serving establishments, as well as gatherings and events.
Some key changes to the order for Food & Liquor Establishments to note:
  • No person may sell liquor between midnight (24:00 hour) and 9:00 am on the following day
  • Unless a full meal service is provided, premises which are licensed to serve liquor must close between 1:00 am and 9:00 am and all patrons must vacate the premises.
  • No person may consume liquor on the premises after 1:00 am
  • Patrons must remain seated at their table, but can stand to play pool, billiards, snooker, or darts, or bowl with a maximum of five other people who are in the same party
  • Music must continue to be no louder than background level (no amplified music)


Some key changes to the order for Gatherings & Events to note:

  • Fifty people can attend inside, seated event at banquet halls, and in addition to the rule for other inside events
  • No self-serve food or liquor is permitted
  • Fifty people can attend inside, seated events and follow other COVID-19 safety rules, however, participants must not congregate or sing, dance, or engage in karaoke
  • No person may sell or serve liquor at an event after midnight. An event at which liquor is consumed must end by 1:00 am and all participants must vacate the place at which the event is held.
  • Fifty people can attend outside gatherings


Upcoming Deadline: Small & Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant
July 2, applications close for the small and medium sized business recovery grant. Grants of $10,000 to $30,000 are available to small and medium sized B.C. businesses impacted by COVID-19. An additional $5,000 to $15,000 grant is available to eligible tourism-related businesses.

Canadian Business Leaders Demand Plan for Reopening Borders, Economy
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