Dumb liquor laws in for change

All-inclusive vacations packages will help tourism business in Toronto

By Bulletin Staff –

Ontario is taking the next steps to update alcohol laws to better serve Ontarians. The proposed changes will remove unnecessary barriers and restrictions for special events, festivals, and licensed establishments. This will provide Ontarians with a more enjoyable experience, and improve tourism and local economies.

The province will begin consultations on a number of proposed changes, including:

* Removing the need for beer tents at events and festivals so people can walk around freely with drinks

* Extending the hours that alcohol can be served at special events, such as weddings or charity fundraisers, from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m., to be consistent with licensed establishments

* Allowing all-inclusive vacation packages to be sold in Ontario

* Allowing people to circulate in retail booth areas of festivals with beverages.

The government is also proposing to expand its enforcement options against licensees who violate Ontario’s liquor laws, including monetary fines.