At-home happy hour sessions can keep going through the summer and early fall with alcoholic beverages from your favourite local restaurants and bars.

The B.C. provincial government has extended a special permit for food-primary and liquor-primary licensees to sell and deliver packaged liquor products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The permit was initially created in late March to allow businesses in the food services sector some reprieve after being forced to shut down in person services.

It was set to expire on July 15, but has now been extended til October 31, 2020.

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As a result of this measure, restaurants that were previously only allowed to serve alcohol on site could start to hire out-of-work servers to deliver sealed, packaged liquor products to the public.

Workers serving and delivering 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.

The provincial government is also extending a permit that allows private liquor retailers to be open for longer hours.

Liquor retailers like wine stores or private liquor stores across B.C. will continue to be allowed to operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. if they choose to do so.

This measure was set to expire on July 15 but will now remain in place until August 31, 2020.

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