B.C. hotels and resorts remove some red tape on liquor laws

B.C. hotels and resorts with a bar, pub or restaurant on site will soon be able to allow their guests to carry unfinished liquor from their licensed establishment directly to their rooms.

Previously, guests were restricted to drinking alcohol in licensed areas and were unable to take their drink back to their room.

“B.C. has already welcomed over 4.5 million visitors from around the world this year, and these changes will allow our hotels and resorts the flexibility to provide them with best possible experience,” said Minister of Small Business Coralee Oakes.

“By repealing unnecessary liquor restrictions and cutting red tape, we are creating new opportunities for B.C. businesses and increased convenience for British Columbians.”

Hotels and resorts that own a bar or pub onsite will also soon be able to provide guests with a complimentary standard-sized alcoholic beverage upon check-in.

The changes are a response to feedback received directly from British Columbians during the Liquor Policy Review and will come into effect on January 23, 2017.

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