Ontario Taking Additional Steps to Support Hospitality Workers and Businesses during COVID Recovery
TORONTO, July 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Ontario government is amending liquor laws to provide consumers with more delivery options and allow boat operators with liquor sales licences to temporarily sell and serve alcohol while their boat is docked. These changes, which come into effect today, are designed to support the recovery of workers and businesses as Ontario’s hospitality sector gradually reopens.
Recognizing the continuing need to practice physical distancing, Ontario is amending the Liquor Licence Act (LLA) to allow a licensed liquor delivery service to use contractors. This will give consumers more options for delivery services when purchasing alcohol from Ontario retailers, including the LCBO and The Beer Store. The province is also permanently removing the requirement for these services to obtain a receipt signed by the customer at the time of delivery and removing restrictions that prevented delivery services from delivering to any private space, such as offices.The requirements that apply to alcohol sales, service and delivery will continue to apply to licensed boats and liquor delivery services, including checking ID, Smart Serve training and not serving or selling to intoxicated people.QUOTES“The AGCO remains committed to supporting businesses and workers who have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, including those who have helped to build Ontario’s vibrant hospitality sector. By allowing more businesses to enter the liquor delivery market, we also hope to offer more convenience and choice for consumers as we all adapt to the current reality.”Jean Major, Registrar and CEO, AGCOADDITIONAL RESOURCESInformation Bulletin: Changes to Liquor DeliveryInformation Bulletin: Licensed boats are permitted to provide alcohol service while docked and may add a physical extension to their boat for the duration of 2020Ontario.ca/coronavirusMEDIA CONTACTRaymond Kahnert
Senior Advisor, Communications
416-326-3202 ABOUT THE AGCOThe AGCO is responsible for regulating the alcohol, gaming, horse racing and private cannabis retail sectors in Ontario in accordance with the principles of honesty and integrity, and in the public interest.The AGCO is a regulatory agency with a governing board that reports to the Ministry of the Attorney General. The agency was established on February 23, 1998 under the Alcohol, Cannabis and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, 1996.Stay informed:Follow us on Twitter at @Ont_AGCOInquiries from News Media416-326-3202
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