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Restaurants and bars now serve booze at 9 am

For those wanting to have an early start to their drinking, can now head over to their favourite restaurant or bar at for a drink.

The Ontario government has made a number of changes to the Liquor License Act – including the permission to sell and serve alcohol at 9 a.m. every day of the week.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the government and the commission has amended some of their policies and regulations. The aim of these changes is to enhance consumer choice, increase convenience, reduce administrative burdens, and provide additional flexibility for businesses and residents.

The changes are aimed at providing businesses with flexibility in determining operational hours that meet their business needs.

Not only that, but businesses who hold a limited liquor sales license can now serve any serving size of alcohol they desire. Ontario wineries, breweries and distilleries can serve and sell as much wine, beer or spirits as they want. Before, these manufacturers can only sell and serve in prescribed quantities.

Previously, the advertising guideline prohibited the use of terms such as “Happy Hour” and “cheap drinks,” to avoid the promotion of immoderate alcohol consumption. Now that restriction has been removed.

The last change to the Liquor License Act is for special occasion permit holders. Such holders now have greater flexibility in determining the appropriate boundaries of the area under the permit. Previously, the area had to be defined by a 0.9-metre partition to identify the boundaries of the permit area. The government has also removed the requirement for holders to have a sufficient food supply to serve people at the event, which was in effect to allow people to subdue their intoxication.

These changes took effect on May 6, 2019. -CINEWS

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