Effective immediately, all restaurants in B.C. will be allowed to offer liquor products for take-out or delivery in an effort to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Until at least July 15th, restaurants that were previously only allowed to serve alcohol on site will be allowed to hire out-of-work servers to deliver sealed, packaged liquor products to the public.

“In these extraordinary times, more British Columbians are relying on delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Attorney General David Eby in a statement on Sunday.

“Permitting licensed restaurants to hire their out of work servers to deliver liquor products as part of their food-delivery service allows the public to continue to observe social distancing measures and also offers much-needed support to these workers and businesses.”

The workers serving liquor products will still be required to have Serving it Right certification, and those purchasing alcohol will still be required to produce identification proving they are aged 19 years or older.

In the past week, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry issued an order to shut down all in-person services at restaurants and bars in B.C., requiring these businesses to switch to a take-out and/or delivery model if they wished to remain open.

These step were one of many taken in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the province.

See all the latest updates about the global COVID-19 pandemic on Vancouver Island

According to the latest updates, B.C. currently has 424 cases of COVID-19, including 37 on Vancouver Island.

In B.C. the most recent developments include provincial health orders for all restaurants and bars to switch to take-out/delivery model if they wish to operate, and the closure of personal services businesses like salons, spas, tattoo parlours, etc.

The federal government recently announced an $82 billion assistance package for Canadians and businesses struggling financially during the global pandemic.

Last week, B.C. joined Alberta and Ontario in declaring a public health emergency in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

On Wednesday, B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth declared a provincial state of emergency to support the health ministry’s public health emergency.

The provincial government also announced the indefinite suspension of all in-person classes at K-12 schools in B.C.

Canada has tightened its borders and is denying entry to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada.

U.S. citizens are no longer an exception to this rule, and non-essential travel between U.S. and Canada has been temporarily banned as of March 21st. Moreover international flights have now been restricted to international airports in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary.

The BCCDC has set up a 2019 novel coronavirus telephone information line at 1-833-784-4397 for those who have further questions about this disease.

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.

The Province has also created the 1-888-COVID-19  line to connect British Columbians needing non-medical information about the coronavirus pandemic.

As of the time of publication, the total number of COVID-19 patients worldwide has risen to 335,511.

Nearly 14,700 people have died from the illness and 97,636 have made a full recovery.

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