Patio, service area expansions, sale and delivery of packaged liquor extended

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The Province is extending temporary measures to support the restaurant and hospitality sector and the Burnaby Board of Trade applauds this continued support.  Read more and apply for these authorizations here.

The extensions allow for expanded service areas, such as patios, and for the sale and delivery of unopened liquor products with the purchase of a meal by food- and-liquor-primary licensees.

  • Expanded Service Areas

In May 2020, the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) began permitting food-primary, liquor-primary and manufacturer licensees, such as wineries, breweries and distilleries, to apply for a Temporary Expanded Service Area (TESA) authorization through an expedited, no fee, online process.

All TESA authorizations were originally set to expire on Oct. 31, 2020. However, the Province has made amendments allowing for their extension to Oct. 31, 2021.

New applications for TESA authorization will be considered up until Oct. 31, 2021. New TESA authorizations for liquor-primary and manufacturer licenses must also receive the approval of local governments.

  • Liquor Delivery

Government has also approved an extension to the temporary authorization that allows food-primary and liquor-primary licensees to sell and deliver sealed, packaged liquor products alongside the purchase of a meal for off-site consumption.

This authorization, which was set to expire on Oct. 31, 2020, has been extended to March 31, 2021, to continue to provide businesses with relief from the financial hardship of the pandemic, while making it easier for vulnerable British Columbians to continue observing the orders of the provincial health officer.