COVID-19 Update: Today’s Announcements

Posted May 19, 2020

Destination BC COVID-19 Updates

ABLE BC COVID-19 Updates

Tourism Industry Association of BC COVID-19 Updates

BC Gov News from the Attorney General

May 19, 2020

Update: Tasting Room Endorsement Capacity

There was much confusion for our members regarding the capacity allowed under the Health Order from the initial announcement on Saturday May 16. The Guild worked with Global Public Affairs to amend the Public Health Order and create consistent capacity requirements across all licenses.

The updated Public Health Order has been reposted to include clear and concise language in terms of capacity for the holders of a Manufacturer’s Onsite Lounge endorsement, a Manufacturer’s Onsite Tasting Room Endorsement or a Manufacturer’s On-site Store Endorsement. We are pleased to announce that this morning the new Order was reposted and specifically addressed our ask and now includes the following clarification:

f. there must be no more than 50% of the usual capacity of patrons present at one time;

g. there must be no events held at the establishment that include more than 50 people;

A full copy of the updated Order is available here.

Update – Patios Motion Unanimously Approved by Vancouver Council

We are also pleased to announce that Vancouver City Council passed unanimously a motion to permit breweries to apply for patios. This is a major step forward and one the Guild has been working on with Global Public affairs since last year. Ironically the COVID recovery plan allowed this opportunity to be prioritized and passed quickly. This is important as it will set a precedent for municipalities across the province who like Vancouver may have restricted our members from expanding into patios. As you know, we were part of the provincial campaign sending letters to all municipal councils across the province to endorse patio/picnic licenses for our members.

Vancouver Patio Motion

May 16, 2020

NEW Provincial Health Officer Order confirms May 19, 2020 reopening date with restrictions

Yesterday WorkSafeBC released their reopening protocols and guidelines for restaurants, cafes, and pubs. View the protocols here

The new order is addressed to all parties included in the March 20 PHO order:
  • Owners and operators of places at which food and/or drink is prepared and served
  • Owners and operators of places at which meals and drinks, including drinks containing liquor, are prepared and served
  • Owners and operators of retail liquor establishments
  • Holders of liquor licenses and liquor license endorsements that do not offer meal service at their premises
It repeals and replaces the PHO order made on March 20, 2020, but does not take effect until May 19, 2020.

May 12, 2020

Reference Materials for Best Practices for Phase 2 Reopening During COVID-19

Reference materials related to Best Practices for Phase 2 Reopening during COVID

Municipalities-patio request for support Template -May2020-F

May 8, 2020

Flexible, Innovative, and Expedited Patio Permitting

The BCRFA, ABLE BC, BC Craft Brewers Guild and the BCWI submitted a letter to all the Mayors and Councillors in our province on behalf of British Columbia’s 14,500 hospitality businesses—including restaurants, bars, craft breweries, and winery tasting rooms requesting their urgent support to aid the survival of local hospitality businesses and thousands of livelihoods during this pandemic crisis. Specifically, requesting assistance for flexible, innovative, and expedited patio permitting. Full details.

May 6, 2020

Provincial Government Update: BC’s Restart Plan

British Columbians will move forward with safely restarting the province beginning in mid-May, according to a plan announced by Premier John Horgan.
Read BC’s Restart Plan here.

COVID-19 Liquor Industry Update: May 6

Here’s what else you’ll find in today’s COVID-19 update:
  • BC’s Restart Plan: reopening the province
  • 1-minute ABLE BC survey: Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program
  • Free Labatt Webinar: Navigating the Alcohol Industry in the Era of COVID-19
  • One-on-one support program available to BC tourism businesses: BC Tourism Resiliency Network
  • Canadian Hospitality Worker Relief Fund: applications open today
  • Helpful links and resources

April 29, 2020

COVID-19 Liquor Industry Update: April 29

Here’s what you’ll find in today’s COVID-19 update:
  • New 1-minute ABLE BC survey: Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program
  • Western Financial Group: Employee Benefits Announcement
  • Property taxes in Vancouver delayed until September
  • New COVID-19 resource hub: EnrichEntrepreneur.com
  • ABLE BC Member Discount: outdoor signage
  • Pro bono coaching offer for ABLE BC members
  • Hand sanitizer retooling update: federal licensing process required

April 14, 2019

Time to Buy BC Launches

Time to Buy BC  is a non-political movement aimed at providing the BC consumer with an informed choice when buying alcoholic beverages. By supporting local businesses, we can save our local economy. We launch today across BC reminding consumers to support and promote BC business and manufacturers by purchasing products produced by the BC Beverage Alcohol Sector. Today we represent the BC Beverage Alcohol Sector but we are willing to align with any BC business or manufacturer that believes in our goal. Full Press Release. TTBBC Press Release

April 9, 2020

What has the BC Craft Brewers Guild been working on?

Broken down by Federal, Provincial and Municipal initiatives. Read the full update. 

April 2, 2020

COVID-19 Liquor Industry Update: April 2

  • BDL Update: Current Ordering Procedure
  • LDB Update
  • Looking to re-open your Liquor Primaries for take-out and delivery?
  • New provincial guidelines to support compliance with orders on business closures and gatherings
  • BC taking further action to support essential service providers during the pandemic
  • 10 things small businesses can do to help address cash flow issues
  • Supply Products and Services to Support BC’s COVID-19 Response
  • No-Cost Ways to Cut Your Energy Costs In Uncertain Times

Revised and New Policy Directive for Hand Sanitizer Manufacturing and Packaging

Please read the attached document on the process to apply to Health Canada along with a link to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended production processes and other pertinent links.

4 1 2020 BCLCRB Hand Sanitizer Authorization

April 1, 2020

COVID-19 Liquor Industry Update: April 1

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit applications open next week
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy available starting next week
  • British Columbia’s State of Emergency extended to April 14
  • go2HR: Your HR & OHS Resource During the COVID-19 Crisis
  • BC Hydro launches 3-month coronavirus relief package for customers
  • Post Shift Podcast interview with ABLE BC Executive Director Jeff Guignard
  • Call to ABLE BC Associate Members
  • Complete the City of Vancouver COVID-19 Business Survey

March 31, 2020

Recommended COVID-19 Protocol for Brewing Employees

Beer Canada understands that successfully managing the COVID-19 situation is a top priority for Canadian brewing companies, employees and brewery visitors.We have developed this document to help provide a consistent approach in responding to a situation where an employee is symptomatic, reports positive for COVID-19 and/or where an employee/facility visitor is exposed (in close contact) to an employee who is positive for COVID-19. This document can be accessed here.

COVID-19 Liquor Industry Update: March 31

  • Webinar on April 1: Essential Workplaces and Services
  • Mental Health Resources and Counselling during COVID-19
  • Update from ContainerWorld
  • Complete the City of Vancouver COVID-19 Business Survey

March 30, 2020

COVID-19: Supports for Small Businesses in B.C.

Small Business BC Supports For the latest information on small business supports, resources and advisory services during COVID-19, please visit Small Business BC. Advisors are ready to help by phone at 1-800-667-2272, email and daily digital meetups. Read more.

March 26, 2020

We have received numerous concerns and comments regarding the temporary policy allowing Food primary and Liquor Primary licenses to fill growlers from their draught lines. There was confusion earlier this week and the guild dealt directly with LCRB to clarify the rules.

The new directive from today is attached along with the LP and FP handbook (pages 18 and 19):

To be clear, according to the LCRB: “you may sell packaged beer, including draught beer in new glass vessels referred to as growlers and bombers of a size no less than one litre supplied by you.” That means your customers are not allowed to sell in champagne bottles, take out beverage containers, two-litre pop containers, bottles with flip-tops, mason jars or any other type of container. The container cannot be refilled and the growler needs to be part of the purchased meal, not sold on its own.

Government has reacted quite quickly to implement emergency supports for liquor licensees, such as allowing Liquor Primaries and Food Primaries to sell alcohol with take-out and delivery mealsBy contravening the spirit of these rules, licensees risk being shut down for the duration of this crisis. Your actions could also compromise the ability of other licensees to offer these services in full compliance with Public Health Orders. This is a temporary order that extends until July 15, 2020. 

Please advise your accounts of the policy and ensure they are complying with the rules as the LCRB is monitoring the accounts and their social media.

COVID-19 Liquor Industry Update from ABLE BC: March 27

March 25, 2020

Global Public Special Edition Government Response

BC Government Update, Housing, Health and more.

COVID-19 Liquor Industry Update: March 25

  • House of Commons Passes Modified Bill C-13
  • BC Government announcement: support for renters and landlords
  • LDB update: not accepting returns and intermittent product delays
  • BC Liquor Stores update: Sunday closures
  • BDL update
  • New resources and tools for your business
  • BC Ferries: avoid non-essential travel at this time
  • Grocery Stores: need for temporary staff

Weathering COVID-19: Tips for Small Businesses and their Staff

Adam from Moody Ales and The Bakery has passed along this SUPER helpful information from his accountant. MUST READ! including: What NOT to pay, work sharing, Emergency Response Benefit, wage subsidies and more! Thank you to David Gregory, CPA, CA of Gregory, Yick & Associates.

Weathering COVID-19_ Tips for Small Businesses and their Staff

Guidance to B.C. manufacturers during COVID-19 limiting gatherings in the workplace

March 23, 2020

Notice to Membership Regarding Hospitality Pricing

We strongly support the recent move to allow bars and restaurants to sell craft beer bottles and cans for takeaway to consumers along with the purchase of meals.  However, we want to clarify to our membership that packaged beer sold to the hospitality channel must be sold at hospitality pricing.  It is illegal to offer wholesale prices to hospitality customers. We continue to work with government to extend wholesale pricing into the Hospitality channel but that is still a work in process.

COVID-19 Liquor Industry Update from ABLE BC: March 23

  • $5 billion provincial COVID-19 action plan announced
  • Ontario and Quebec order closure of all non-essential businesses
  • Sign the Save Small Business petition today
  • Delivering liquor with take-away and delivery meals: revised timeline for Serving it Right requirements
  • Delivering liquor with take-away and delivery meals: packaging clarification
  • Update: accepting cash at your establishment
  • Healthcare Jobs on go2HR Job Board

Help us to help you get the word out to the residents of BC that the craft beer industry is still open for business and we want their support!

First step: Fill in this quick questionnaire

Please return this to us ASAP. We are going to add the information to your profile on the BC Craft Brewers Guild, and (if applicable) BC Ale Trail website and App to highlight your Temporary Brewery Operations. We have small updates to both websites in progress now.

For BC Ale Trail breweries in the app, you may have noticed the new keyword search functionality. We can now flag your brewery with multiple categories so we’ve added Delivery and Take Out. Users can search the full list of either for quick reference. Your social media is linked in your profile and users can navigate there for full information (see Linktree below). We will be promoting all of these updates to the public once we have your information back and loaded into the app.

This information provided will also be incorporated into a larger cross liquor industry sector campaign that is the works to promote BUY BC. More to come on that!

March 22, 2020

Save Small Business Petition

A coalition of small businesses have put together this petition. The federal government is in the midst of forming their aid package, and are so far relying on us to take on more debt to save our economy. It’s urgent our voices are heard. The House of Commons is sitting at 2PM on Tuesday, so we have to create a lot of noise and gather a lot of signatures ASAP. The real message here is that small businesses need aid, they need rent relief and labour subsidy, not a bunch of debt.

Full information and petition HERE.

COVID-19 Liquor Industry Update for March 22, 2020 from ABLE BC:

Included in today’s email:

  • Update: What are Essential Services?
  • Update: Federal Government Emergency Funding
  • Update: Liquor Primary access to BDC Loans
  • Update: Liquor Primaries and Food Primaries allowed to sell alcohol with take-away and delivery meals
  • Off-sales endorsement clarification
  • Update from BDL
  • Webinar Tomorrow: Navigating COVID-19 – Employment Information
  • Vancouver Food and Beverage Community Relief Fund

March 21, 2020

Effective immediately, LPs and FPs are allowed to sell alcohol with take-away and delivery meals.

Restaurants allowed to use unemployed servers to deliver liquor products. BC Gov’t News.

March 20, 2020

go2HR Job Board Opens to Health Care Jobs

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many tourism and hospitality employers have to reduce opening hours, lay off employees, or even shut down the operation completely. While some employers have come up with ways to assist their displaced employees, many are still impacted by the shortage of work. go2HR is pleased to offer a solution to help your staff find temporary employment during this trying time.

As you know, the healthcare sector, including private care homes and senior residences, has an urgent staffing need. They have job openings that are suitable for displaced tourism and hospitality employees, such as front desk, servers, kitchen staff and housekeepers. These positions are a perfect transition for your staff while we are riding out the storm. More Information.

BC Liquor Stores open, taking extra steps to battle COVID-19

BC Liquor Stores (BCLS) are adjusting hours of operation, in part, to ensure BCLS staff complete additional store cleaning in the off hours, in order to minimize risk to both employees and customers and help stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The number of customers permitted in stores will also be limited, where required, in order to allow for observance of the self-distancing guidelines outlined by the provincial health officer and the Ministry of Health.  Read more.

The Canadian Payroll Association

PAYROLL AND COVID-19 – PAYROLL INFOLINE Q&A – FINAL

March 19, 2020

RBC Temporary Credit Relief Program

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – RBC has introduced a temporary program aimed at providing credit relief due to the impact of COVID-19. The program is currently set until June 30, 2020 or until further notice.

Full information.

Business Development Canada

The federal government has announced $10 billion in funding for establishing a Business Credit Availability Program under the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC). This funding will be in the form of loans to support business operations, finance purchasing, and provide capital.  BDC will support businesses in getting bridge financing in the form of small business loans, working capital loans, or purchase order financing to help businesses weather the economic impacts of COVID-19. Visit the BDC’s landing page here.

The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) announced by the Finance Minister will be in the form of a working capital loan for any business that requires additional financing to get through this tough time. This working capital loan is meant to cover at least 6 months’ worth of operating expenses with flexible terms and rates. Clients should reach out to BDC (Business Development Canada), FCC (Farm Credit Canada) or EDC (Export Development Canada) for the next step and application process.

More information.

BCLS Operating Hours Changing

The LDB has made the operational decision that starting tomorrow, March 19 we will be changing BC Liquor Stores (BCLS) operating hours.

Due to increased staff shortages, we will be operating between 11:00am – 7:00pm, Monday through Saturday and normal operating hours on Sundays. If we continue to experience escalating staffing shortages, some stores may need to reduce operating hours further.  The decision to further reduce hours will be determined on a case-by-case basis. In cases where landlords/malls are limiting hours, BCLS will be required to comply accordingly.

To further minimize the risks to our employees and our customers, BCLS staff will be using the extra time to complete additional store cleaning as part of measures being taken to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Signage will be placed on store entranceways to indicate adjusted store hours.

The LDB remains committed to our customers and industry and this is the right decision to ensure the highest level of customer service to both.

At this time both our Delta and Kamloops Distribution Centres are fully functional and we are not experiencing supply chain impacts.

March 18, 2020

The Prime Minister announced more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, support and new measures include:

  • Up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses, plus $55 billion to meet liquidity needs of Canadian businesses and households.
  • Closing the border between Canada and the U.S. for non-essential travel until further notice.

Ken is working with our industry partners on communication regarding the federal government’s $82Billion relief package and its impact on our members. Details coming later today.

BC Liquor Stores Remain Open 

There have been a number of rumours circulating that BC Liquor Stores are closing. The LDB has assured us that BCLS are open for business and the LDB has no plans to close stores.
The following messaging was recently shared on the BC Liquor Stores website:
BC LIQUOR STORES TAKING CARE OF OUR COMMUNITY
 
BC Liquor Stores remain open for business for our customers.  Some locations may experience modified hours of operation.  Please visit the “store” tab on the website for more up-to-date information on store hours.
 
We are closely monitoring the global situation with COVID-19 as it continues to evolve.  The health and safety of our customers, communities and employees is our highest priority.  For more information on our response to COVID-19, click here.
 
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to navigate this fast changing situation. 

March 17, 2020

In response to the recent updates from the Provincial Health Authority and Vancouver Coastal Health, the BC Craft Brewers Guild Board strongly recommends that all member breweries suspend their tasting room sampling immediately if you have not already done so. While not an easy decision, we feel this is the next essential step. We are very proud of our brewery members’ efforts so far to flatten the curve and help keep British Columbians safe.

At this time, breweries can continue to offer off-sale purchases of package products or home delivery. We will make every effort to share this information with the public via the BC Craft Brewers Guild and BC Ale Trail social media channels. Please tag us on your social media posts if you are advertising these services, so we can share. @bccraftbeer @bcaletrail

Can you offer a delivery service? 

Many of you across the province have asked about home delivery options and here is the information from the Manufacturers Handbook. If you are permitted to deliver directly to other licensees under your licence, you may deliver your product from either your store or a registered off-site storage facility. Guidance is available on pages 18 and 19 of the Manufacturer Terms and Conditions.

Recording and Delivering Your Products to the Public

You may deliver liquor to customers using your own employees or a third-party service under the following terms and conditions:

  • You must ensure deliveries are made by and to people legally able to drink liquor, and only to places where liquor may be legally possessed and consumed (i.e. private homes).
  • You must ask customers to show proof of age at the time of delivery.
  • You cannot deliver to a person who is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
  • Your charge for the liquor must be the price of the liquor plus a separate delivery charge. You must inform customers of both charges when they place their order.
  • You may deliver from your retail store only. You cannot deliver from your registered off site storage.
  • You must keep delivery transaction records for at least six years. These records must include the date, time and address of each delivery, the products purchased, the prices charged, delivery fees and total amount paid.
  • You or your staff must process and prepare the order to be delivered by you, your staff or a third-party delivery service.
  • You are responsible for ensuring that anyone delivering for you follows these rules, including a person who is not your employee. As the licensee, you will be held accountable for any contravention that takes place while liquor is delivered from your store.

Employment Insurance 

We are working to gather as much up to date information as we can at this time. The federal government is expected to update and expand the EI process but have not announced anything new this week. Here is the most recent information more focused on those diagnosed or experiencing symptoms and not laid off due to business interruption or closures.

March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Resources from our official insurance provider Capri CMW

As concerns around the spread of COVID-19 continue growing, we are monitoring the latest developments in order to keep our clients, business partners and employees safe. We wanted to share with you a couple of resources that may be helpful to minimize the impact of this outbreak on your business.  Read more.

BC Updates:

  • There are now 103 confirmed cases in British Columbia.
  • Scheduled surgeries will be cancelled and there will be a focus on urgent surgeries and medical needs.
  • All casinos will be closed in B.C.
  • This is now a ban on events with more than 50 people.
  • The BC government remains concerned that US visitors are still allowed into Canada.

 Federal updates:

  • Canada is closing our borders, denying entry to those who are not citizens or permanent residents. Exceptions will be made for immediate family members, diplomats, flight crews and U.S. citizens.
  • Airlines will receive a formal order to ban all travelers that are presenting symptoms from boarding aircraft destined for Canada. Anyone with symptoms cannot enter Canada.
  • An assistance program will be introduced for asymptomatic Canadian’s abroad to return to Canada.
  • Starting on Wednesday, March 18 international flights will be rerouted to Montreal, Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver for dedicated enhanced screening. This will not impact domestic flights and those from the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean. This will not impact trade.

Daily updates will be provided at noon ET starting tomorrow.
10 billion dollars will also be made available to support businesses.
Additional measures may be announced starting tomorrow.

Further updates from Vancouver’s Mayor Stewart and staff include:
  • No local state of emergency at this time.
  • An Emergency Operations Centre has been established through the Vancouver Emergency Management Agency and have raised their alert to “Level 2”.
  • Day camps in parks facilities will remain open.
  • City-owned daycares will remain open.
  • Social distancing (1 metre) is strongly encouraged, including in restaurants and bars.
  • Bars and restaurants will not be closed and the City will not be policing 50 person capacity and social distancing.
  • They will be asking the province to adjust the criteria for property tax deferral program and asking that it be expanded to businesses.
  • All grocery stores asked to hold first opening hours for the elderly and vulnerable.
  • The Mayor is coordinating with the federal and provincial governments on stimulus spending.
  • Metro mayors have convened a daily call to coordinate their efforts.
  • Essential services only will continue on the lower east side.

Parks Board Closures

  • All community centres
  • All public pools, fitness centres and ice rinks
  • VanDusen Gardens
  • Golf courses
  • All public libraries

We will continue to update you as things develop.

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