There is now more time to buy booze at private liquor stores and other private businesses that sell alcohol.
The provincial government has temporarily extended hours of retail liquor service in B.C., explaining in a release it is doing so “to provide greater opportunities for physical distancing for seniors and people who are immuno-compromised.”
Private liquor stores, wine stores and other businesses that sell booze are now allowed to temporarily operate between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily, if they choose to do so.
According to the Ministry of Attorney-General, the extended hours should provide seniors and immuno-compromised people the opportunity to buy liquor during early shopping hours already being provided by other retailers, such as grocery stores.
Under the temporary directives, delivery services are also authorized to purchase liquor products on behalf of a customer from a liquor store, or any licensee authorized to sell in unopened containers, and to deliver and sell that liquor during these same hours.
The new policies are effective immediately and will remain in effect until July 15, but do not override any additional requirements or limitations placed on businesses regarding hours of liquor service by local governments or First Nations.
The changes do not apply to government liquor stores, of which there are three in Kamloops: Sahali, North Kamloops and Westsyde. All three government liquor stores in Kamloops are open Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed on Sundays.