With Ontarians mostly stuck at home and social distancing right now amid the COVID-19 pandemic, lots of us probably miss the nightlife or the chance to sink a drink with friends. Well, you might be pleased to know there's been a new change in what residents can order with their takeout and delivery services. As of March 26, alcohol deliveries in Ontario are allowed from any bar or restaurant with a liquor license as long as food has also been ordered.
So, you can't just order four gin and tonics from a bar to your couch, you'll have to line your stomach with some grub, too.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario issued a statement on Thursday, March 26 sharing that the provincial government has temporarily changed the Liquor Licence Act in order to allow sales through takeout or delivery.
The change is effective immediately and will last until December 31, 2020, so it's pretty long-lasting from the get-go.
"All liquor sales licensees are automatically permitted to begin selling liquor for takeout or delivery along with food – they do not have to apply, request permission, or notify the AGCO," reads part of the commission's statement.
According to the AGCO, there are a few vital requirements if you plan on ordering booze with your food.
Ontario Adopts Temporary Measures to Support Bars, Restaurants and Alcohol Retailers During the COVID-19 Situation. https://t.co/iUNgzTwBt7— AGCO (@AGCO)1585238334.0
For a start, alcohol can only be sold from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and must be in a sealed, unopened container.
At the moment, though, there is no limit on the amount you can buy through your takeout or delivery order.
So, if you're looking for more alternative food delivery options in your area, now you know.
This move comes days after the LCBO and The Beer Store shortened their hours in order to do their part in enforcing social distancing.
On March 23, the Doug Ford government ordered that all non-essential stores shut down for the time being.
However, both of those stores will be remaining open as "essential" businesses to avoid jeopardizing the health and safety of people with alcohol dependency issues.
Of course, alcohol cannot be sold or delivered to anyone under the age of 19 in Ontario. You must, as usual, be ready to provide ID.
Also, per Global News, the booze must be given to the person who made the order but cannot be handed to anyone who appears intoxicated. Think normal bar rules, but for your house.