To Hospitality Licensees and Licensee Retail Stores (LRS):
In response to industry concerns and to provide urgent support for B.C.’s licensed establishments, the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) has taken action to implement Policy Directive 20-02 which allows hospitality licensees who have temporarily closed to sell their existing liquor stock to hospitality licensees who remain operational and/or LRS.
This temporary change takes effect immediately, and is in effect until November 30, 2020 or as otherwise directed by government.
Sales will be authorized under the framework established in the LDB’s Private Sale of Liquor Policy. Additionally:
- Hospitality licensees will be permitted to determine their own sale prices, so long as the price is not set below the minimum wholesale price.
- LDB’s 5% administrative fee that is normally applied to private sales under this policy will be waived for the duration of the initiative.
- Under this policy, LRS are not authorized to sell to hospitality nor are they permitted to sell to other LRS.
A copy of Policy Directive 20-02 is available here.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org