Manitoba government has announced that the government will authorize the sale of liquor with take-out and delivery meal service by licensed establishments.
Earlier today, the Manitoba government has ordered all dine-in services to be closed at all restaurants and other commercial facilities effective April 1, 2020. Restaurants are allowed to provide delivery and takeout services provided they can maintain 10 people gathering limits.
Under the new order, licensed establishments can sell liquor with take-out and delivery. Liquor delivery and take-out orders would be linked to meal orders and offered by licensed establishments whose primary business is food, such as restaurants. Liquor pricing will be the same as in-dining service menu prices, which will link wine and beer retail to the licensees’ meal service.
Crown Services Minister Jeff Wharton said, “We have heard from restaurant owners who have expressed a strong interest in selling wine, beer, and single-serve beverages through food take out or delivery service, and had already started the process of bringing in necessary changes. These businesses have been significantly impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19 and by allowing this flexibility now, restaurants will be able to offer an additional service to customers when it is needed most.”