**excerpt from ABLE BC
Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, released additional guidance on how liquor-serving-only businesses can remain open by providing meals from external sources.
Liquor primary licensees that do not offer full meal service have been ordered closed since December 22, 2022. Since then, there has been considerable confusions from inspectors across BC on issues such as whether licensees could: 1) partner with a local pub, restaurant, or food truck to offer meals, or 2) remain open to serve liquor after closing kitchens for the evening, as is normal industry practice.
Today's order clarifies this process. Sector associations worked directly with the PHO to bring about these necessary changes to support members who have been ordered closed simply because they did not have kitchens.
To summarize the changes:
Click here to read the full text of the revised order. A guidance document will also be available soon to assist licensees in interpreting the order.
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