Saturday November 22, 2014

More liquor changes in place


Another 37 of the province’s 77 updated liquor regulations announced last fall are now in effect as a result of legislative and regulatory changes made by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA).

“Our government is committed to cutting red tape where possible,” Minister responsible for SLGA Donna Harpauer said.  “These latest changes now in effect will benefit businesses involved in the sale and service of alcohol as well as their customers.”

Among the changes now in effect:

Salons and spas will be eligible to apply for a permit to sell and serve alcohol to customers purchasing a salon/spa service;

Liquor permitted restaurants will be able to offer Bring Your Own Wine (BYOW) service to customers;

U Brew/U Vin operators will enjoy reduced record keeping requirements and will also have the option to offer delivery service to their customers; and

Permittees will be allowed to open at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays and holidays consistent with other days of the week.

“We’re very pleased to see these changes finally come into effect – they’ve been a long time coming,” Beer Bros. Gastropub and Deli partner Greg Hanwell said.  “One of the changes - being able to off-sale specialty beer – is something our customers have been requesting for a long time so we’re happy we’ll be able to offer that service.”

In November 2012, SLGA announced 77 changes to the province’s liquor regulations.  The first 39 changes were implemented in May as a result of policy changes made internally by SLGA. These latest 37 changes required legislative and regulatory amendments.

The final change, which will allow striptease and wet clothing contests at liquor permitted establishments, will take effect Jan. 1, 2014, to give municipalities time to enact related bylaws, if they so wish.

All of the changes are outlined in the attached backgrounder.  All liquor permittees will receive detailed letters about these changes in the coming days.



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