'This allows the public to continue to observe social distancing measures and offers much-needed support to workers and businesses'
British Columbia is allowing restaurants to tap into the services of non-employed servers to deliver liquor alongside meals amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
“In these extraordinary times, more British Columbians are relying on delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says David Eby, attorney general of the province. “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 individuals delivering the liquor products will be required to be certified with Serving It Right, which will help encourage businesses to use currently laid-off serving staff to make these deliveries, says the government. Staff in licensed establishments are already required to hold this certification.
The Business Technical Advisory Panel – which consists of representatives of the liquor and hospitality industry – recommended the change to help support struggling hospitality workers and businesses during this time. The new policies take effect immediately and will expire on July 15, 2020.
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