A layover before or between flights can be a frustrating thing. But Ontario's government is here to help you get those hours of waiting to pass more quickly. Alcohol at Pearson Airport can officially be served 24 hours a day thanks to new provincial legislation.

While Toronto Pearson was recognized for its exquisite customer service earlier this year, new rules laid out by the province are adding a bit more freedom for fliers. 

As part of the Better For People, Smarter for Business Act proposed back in late October, it was suggested alcohol should be permitted to be served at airports such as Pearson and Billy Bishop all the way through the day.

And, on the morning of Thursday, December 12, Pearson's official account tweeted to announce that bill has now been ratified and Ontario's airports will be allowed to do just that. 

So now, instead of watching reruns of your favourite on-demand show on your phone for hours while waiting for your flight, you can grab a drink with your pals.

According to a government media release on the new act, these changes bring Ontario's airport alcohol rules into line with those around the world.

The major restriction that airports will have to comply with is that these licensed bars and restaurants must be located beyond airport security.

So you can't just turn up at YYZ and hang out, not that you'd necessarily want to.

Before the changes were brought into effect, alcohol could only be served between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 a.m.

According to a tweet from Pearson, the changes will bring "greater choice and flexibility" to passengers travelling out of Toronto. 

However, the airport also reminded passengers and consumers to be "safe and responsible" in the way in which they take advantage of the change.

The act also looked to remove limits on the amount of wine, beer, and spirits that a person can bring in from another province for personal use. 

Notably, the Ford government has made many moves to revamp alcohol sales in Ontario, including allowing bars to turn on the taps beginning at 9 a.m.

Meanwhile, the bill had also proposed back in October that Ontarians should be able to bring their dogs with them to bars with patios, among other places where "low-risk foods" are served.

The issue of dogs on patios had previously caused quite a ruckus a few months ago.

In particular, a number of businesses in Halifax received warnings from health inspectors to stop the practice.

More information on that suggested reform has yet to be confirmed, but Ontarians can now enjoy a drink at any time of the day or night while on their travels.

Cheers!


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