BC government scraps lounge restrictions in restaurants

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The BC Government has decided to allow restaurants to serve customers just alcohol without a separate lounge area.

This change is the next step in a complementary Liquor Policy Review update that happened last year, allowing customers to order a drink at a restaurant without feeling pressured to order food.

“We are making small changes with big impacts, as we update our liquor policies based on the feedback I received from industry and British Columbians during the Liquor Policy Review,” said John Yap, Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Reform.

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“Today is a great example of the work we are doing to improve processes for restaurants and create more convenience for consumers.”

The Province says creating flexibility for restaurants will help to remove the unnecessary burden for businesses, while understanding that restaurants will still need to ensure that their primary purpose is the service of food.

They say music and comedy performances now will be easier, too.

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Restaurants are no longer required to apply for a permit to host entertainment, such as a guitar player or comedian, as long as patrons are not participating in the show.

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