In an effort to help restaurants and bars that continue to struggle due to additional restrictions imposed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Province is allowing these establishments to permanently sell alcohol via delivery orders.
Initially, the Province allowed restaurants and bars to offer alcohol sales to customers ordering delivery as a temporary way to survive the closures implemented to mitigate the spread of the virus.
However, the Province has announced it will be allowing restaurants and bars to sell alcohol with food delivery orders permanently.
“Ontario’s vibrant hospitality sector and its workers have been hard hit by COVID-19 in every community across our province,” Doug Downey, Attorney General of Ontario, said in a news release.
“We’re building on the actions we took early in the pandemic to support local restaurants, bars and other businesses by providing permanent help to workers and small businesses as they face these ongoing challenges,” he continued.
Additionally, part of the Province’s permanent reforms for alcohol sales include allowing docked boats with a liquor license to sell alcohol, as well as reducing the minimum pricing of spirits consumed on-site to align with the reduced pricing introduced for takeout and delivery orders, and third parties delivering from licensed restaurants and bars will require a delivery license.
“Local restaurants and bars are essential to community life in this province,” Downey said.
“We are taking actions to provide more opportunities for Ontarians to directly support their local communities when and how public health directives permit,” he added.
Further, eligible alcohol manufacturers will now be permitted to deliver their own products and charge a delivery fee, while restaurants and bars will be permitted to offer mixed cocktails and growlers as part of a takeout or delivery order, and eligible manufacturers will be permitted to sell 100 per cent Ontario wine at farmers markets.