Extend drinks-to-go for BC restaurants through 2020 to help businesses survive

From West Craft, by Mike Willis. Photo: Barry R.

We have started a petition to ask the government to extend the beer-to-go option available from restaurants. The current program goes until July 15 2020 and we are asking for an extension until January 02 2020. Please sign this if you believe it and please, please re-share it among friends, family and colleagues. We have provided a ton of good reasons why the government should continue this program and it means well for you.

The Purpose:

We would like the British Columbia Provincial Government (“BC”) to extend this “beer-to-go”, “wine-to-go” and “cocktail-kit-to-go” (“to go”) temporary program as a trial until January 02 2021.

The Benefits:

  • BC residents should be allowed greater access to alcohol products. The cost of ordering specialty food and specialty drinks is outside the scope of someone who would have alcohol dependency issues, so this would not negatively impact health concerns if food is required to be ordered for beverages.
  • BC Restaurants, Distilleries, Wineries, Cideries, Breweries and Agents have greater confidence to invest in sustaining their business during COVID-19 for the year of 2020.
  • BC Seniors, those with compromised immune systems, and those who are continuing to self-isolate have greater access to liquor products and subsequently support BC businesses.
  • Restaurants have a greater revenue source to tap into it. Restaurants are the backbone to British Columbia’s hospitality industry and tourism industry and are one of British Columbia’s largest private sector employers.
  • BC Government continues to have an additional avenue for revenue from the sale of food and beverage products.
  • BC Restaurants’ primary employment age group is within twenty years old and forty years old and subsequently fulfilling this purpose gives BC businesses the confidence to employ people.
  • This encourages social distancing while disabling binge drinking.
  • Enabling BC businesses to be setup for a [possible] second wave of COVID-19. Forethought spares afterthought.
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