This article lists the most prominent COVID19 related BC restrictions and policy changes that affect the BC wine industry.
|Restriction||Source||Expiry Date||Industry Consequences|
|Order for Liquor Licensees Governing Operations (Now Requires That All Customers Be Seated)||Prov. Health Officer||No expiry date||Effective July 23rd|
|Order Allowing All Licensees to Open (with physical distancing rules) and Removing 50% Occupancy Limit||Prov. Health Officer||Replaced||Effective June 10th|
|Order Allowing Reopening (with restrictions)||Prov. Health Officer||Replaced||Effective Tuesday, May 19th|
|Order Requiring All Employers to Create a Covid-19 Workplace Safety Plan||Prov. Health Officer||No expiry date|
|PHO Prohibits Gatherings of 50+||Prov. Health Officer Order||2020-05-30, if not extended||No gatherings of more than 50 people at a winery|
|PHO Closes Bars & Manufacturer Tasting Rooms, Restricts LP & FP Licensees to Take-out||Prov. Health Officer Order||2020-05-30, if not extended (Replaced)||Closes winery tasting rooms and lounges. Permits winery retail to continue subject to certain restrictions. Restaurants located at a winery restricted to take-out.|
|PHO Food & Beverage Sector Recommendations||Prov. Health Officer Guidelines||Explains above orders and issues additional advice.|
|Policy Change||Source||Expiry Date||Industry Consequences|
|Temporary Permission for LP & FP Licensees to Deliver Alcohol with Take-out Meals||2020-07-15||May allow some continued sale of wine from wineries to restaurants that are now restricted to take-out service under the PHO order.|
Temporary Extended Opening of Retail Liquor/Wine Stores
|LCRB Policy 20-11||2020-07-15||Increases permissible opening hours of retail stores selling wine, including manufacturer on-site stores.|
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