As the province continues another week of lockdown, the government just announced that they will be making Ontario alcohol prices cheaper if you are ordering from a restaurant. The province will now allow bars and eateries to sell booze at a lower rate of $1.34 per shot. This is being done to help restaurants make sales during the pandemic.
According to a news release from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the changes will be revoked on January 1, 2021. The minimum that bars were allowed to sell alcohol was at $2 per 29 millimetres. However, now establishments have the opportunity to go as low as $1.34.
Whether or not restaurants lower the prices of whiskey, rum, tequila and other spirits is up to the individual establishment. If the lockdown is lifted before the new year, in-house price minimums will still be $2 instead of the reduction, according to AGCO. Cideries are also included in the reduced pricing, and the government says that the new policy will make it easier for businesses to stay afloat during these difficult times.
"The reduced minimum prices for bottles of spirits sold by licensed establishments, and the rule change for cidery retail are additional ways to support the hospitality sector as it deals with the effects of COVID-19,” said AGCO CEO Jean Major.
Prices of bottles will also be significantly lowered. The minimum price allowed for a 750-millilitre bottle of alcohol will now be $34.65, down from $51.72.
Restaurants have had an especially hard time now that in-house service has been forced closed for over a month.
As restaurants continue to only remain open for delivery, many establishments have been unable to afford their rent.
This has forced some iconic Toronto spots such as Vesuvio, Southern Accent, and The Hideout to close their doors for good.
In fact, 300,000 restaurant workers across Ontario have lost their jobs since non-essential businesses have been forced to close.
It still seems like it will take some time before restaurants are able to reopen.
On Wednesday, Doug Ford announced that they would be extending the Emergency Orders until May 19, which includes the closure of all non-essential businesses.