Liquor selling establishments in Williams Lake, such as Oliver’s Street Bar and Grill, can apply to temporarily expand their service areas due to COVID-19 restrictions through the Liquor Control and Regulation Branch. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Williams Lake approves temporary liquor establishment area expansions due to COVID-19

Liquor Control and Regulation Branch issues application process for interested businesses

City council has given the OK for liquor establishments who may apply in Williams Lake to expand their service area footprint until Oct. 31, 2020, something that is being considered across B.C. due COVID-19 restrictions.

“It will expedite businesses being able to modify their plans should they choose to,” said Beth Veenkamp, the City’s economic development officer during the regular meeting Tuesday, June 2.

“I don’t know how many people in the city are going to take up this opportunity, I know of one for sure, and I have been in touch with other restaurants in town that are considering it as an option.”

Veenkamp noted in a report to council it will be the responsibility of the licensee to ensure they abide by all local bylaws.

She will be available to assist businesses with their applications and work with development services on expansion plans that may impact publicly owned spaces like parking lots or sidewalks.

Read More: Williams Lake council seeks public feedback on First Nations shovel-ready cannabis facility

Oliver’s Street Bar and Grill is entertaining the idea of doing an additional patio, but at this point they are able to maintain their restricted COVID-19 capacity while allocating designated tables for physical distancing requirements, said Corey Evjen, who co-own the business with his father.

“We are happy to be open and having guests coming in and enjoying our space again, we did some renovations while we were closed,” Evjen added.

Mayor Walt Cobb said there was a letter circulating from another community asking the Liquor Control Branch to relax the rules temporarily.

“Right now the government regulations say if you are changing the seating it has to be permanent, where this will allow it to be during the COVID situation.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Williams Lake

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Cariboo, North Thompson region

Prince George, Quesnel, Williams Lake and 100 Mile House all under watch

Barkerville apologizes for ‘surviving pandemics’ newspaper ad

“Surviving Pandemics Since 1862” has been removed from any further ad campaigns

Barkerville writes a new page in its own history book

Kate Cox is the new CEO of Barkerville Historic Town and Park and Cottonwood House Historic Site

Williams Lake cow boss statue replacement options explored

Statue was modelled after Evan Howarth, former cow boss at Cotton Ranch

HAPHAZARD HISTORY: Ox team freighters play important role in Cariboo Gold Rush

The Cariboo Wagon Road was to provide a direct and dependable route

Update: Woman arrested in ongoing homicide investigation in Prince George

Mounties are asking for public’s assistance in the case.

Following incident at sea, fishing lodge says it will reopen despite Haida travel ban

QCL reopens July 10, says president; Haida chief councillor describes ‘dangerous’ boating encounter

Kamloops RCMP officer’s conduct under review after blackface jokes on social media

Meinke’s Instagram is private and it’s unclear when the posts were made

NHL says 35 players have tested positive for COVID-19 since June 8

Positive rate for the league is just under 6%

Man charged in Rideau Hall crash had rifle, shotguns, high-capacity magazine: RCMP

Hurren is accused of threatening to cause death or bodily harm to the prime minister

B.C. extends income assistance exemption for COVID-19

Provincial program to match Ottawa’s CERB, student pay

Most Read