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BC Loosens Liquor Laws for Hotels and Golf Courses

Posted on December 21, 2016

CityMash.com - On December 14th, the province announced a number of liquor law updates that loosen the strict rules on alcoholic beverages at hotels and golf courses in BC.

Thanks to the updated laws, golfers will now be legally permitted to carry alcoholic beverages while putting on the green. Golfers can bring their drinks with them from hole to hole and in and out of licensed areas of the golf course.

Guests at hotels and other overnight accommodations will now be able to bring alcoholic beverages from licensed areas of the hotel back to their room. They will also be able to order alcohol through room service 24/7. Previous to these updates, guests were restricted to consuming their drinks only in licensed areas, such as the hotel bar or restaurant, and could only order booze through room service up until a certain hour.

In addition, hotels with licensed bars will now be able to offer free alcoholic drinks at check-in. We won’t say no to that!

These loosened laws are a result of the province’s Liquor Policy Review which aims to modernize BC liquor laws with common sense measures. This review began in 2013 and includes over 70 recommendations.

Liquor reform supporters, the BC tourism industry and many British Columbians will count these updated loosened laws as a win, despite the time it took to put them in place. The BC government continues to stress that public health and safety will be top priority as they work through the review’s other recommendations.

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