With the novel coronavirus keeping us cooped up indoors, it's hard to keep spirits up. But strange times call for strange measures, and one province is undoing old laws to make up for it. B.C. restaurants can deliver alcohol with their food now, and we won't be going thirsty anytime soon.
To both help the restaurant industry and smooth out the pains of social distancing, the province announced on Sunday, March 22 that all restaurants can bring in their unemployed servers to deliver food to people's homes.
"In these extraordinary times, more British Columbians are relying on delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic," said attorney general David Eby during the announcement.
Until Wednesday, July 15, you can get booze delivered with a food order from any restaurant in the province. The sealed drinks are available for both pick-up and delivery, but you'll need to show your ID to pick them up.
Before this, liquor licenses forced restaurants to serve alcohol inside only, except for special cases. But with all the social distancing, dining in isn't looking like such a good idea anymore.
After all, B.C. did bar any restaurant that doesn't allow one to two metres between patrons to shut down in-store dining.
After cancelling dining in for almost every restaurant in the province, a ton of servers were put out of work. According to Eby, the delivery service would be good for them.
"Permitting licensed restaurants to hire their out of work servers to deliver liquor products as part of their food-delivery service allows the public to continue to observe social distancing measures and also offers much-needed support to these workers and businesses.”
You can now get a drink with your burger as AG David Eby announces restaurants can use laid-off servers to deliver… https://t.co/bckGxTGnGb— Black Press BC (@Black Press BC)1584902138.0
The delivery people just need certification with Serving It Right and they're good to go.
Many liquor stores are staying open through the pandemic, and with this, we'll never run low on drink options.
• Effective immediately, BC restaurants can only offer take-out and/or delivery services. More information availa… https://t.co/cA9H0MpjVC— BC Government News (@BC Government News)1584757311.0
At the end of the day, it's a good thing the restaurant industry is getting some support in this tough time. Plus, everything goes a little smoother with White Claw, even self-isolation.