British Columbia Locks Down Alcohol Sales on New Year’s Eve

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VICTORIA – British Columbia will close down bars and the sale of liquor at 8:00 PM today for the night in an effort to slowdown the spread of COVID-19. The province reported 485 new cases and 11 more deaths related to COVID-19 on December 30, 2020.

Bars will have to close at 8:00 PM. Restaurants will be closed by 10:00 PM. Sales of alcohol at grocery stores and other businesses is not allowed after 8:00 PM.

The provincial government has directed police to monitor the situation and to have increased enforcement measures in resort communities. “We are speaking to our municipal colleagues to ensure we have a presence in some of those communities,” states Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.