Ontario Modernizes Liquor Laws

An update to my a recent post Regarding liquor restrictions:

McGuinty Government Removes Unnecessary Restrictions On Ontarians

On June 1, Ontario will have updated alcohol laws to better serve Ontarians.

The changes eliminate unnecessary barriers for special events, festivals and licensed establishments. This will provide Ontarians with a more enjoyable experience, and improve tourism and local economies.

The changes allow the following:

  • Festivals and events can define an area larger than beer tents where people can walk around freely with drinks. Local communities are free to customize the events to their needs.
  • Restaurant and bar servers can carry drinks on public sidewalks to licensed areas such as patios.
  • Special events such as weddings or charity fundraisers can serve alcohol for an extra hour until 2 a.m.
  • All-inclusive vacation packages can now be sold in Ontario.
  • Business owners can give a complimentary drink to customers to celebrate a special occasion like an anniversary.

The province is also strengthening enforcement by adding additional monetary penalties against those who violate Ontario’s liquor laws.

Modernizing the province’s liquor laws supports Ontario’s Open Ontario Plan to strengthen our economy and create new opportunities for jobs.

Source: http://www.news.ontario.ca/mag/en/2011/05/ontario-modernizes-liquor-laws-1.html

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