June 29, 2017
As many Vancouver members know, on June 14 Vancouver City Council approved 32 changes to local liquor policies. While many of these changes will be positive for our industry, Council unfortunately voted to institute a pilot program requiring all Granville Entertainment District (GED) LP establishments to stop admitting new patrons within one hour of closing time, beginning July 1. This last hour entry program was approved without prior industry consultation or consideration of the serious consequences it would have for our LP members in the GED.
Over the past week, ABLE BC has been actively engaged with city staff, local LPs, and several other industry groups to stop this program from being implemented without further industry consultation.
We are pleased to report that these efforts have succeeded. The City of Vancouver will create a working group of affected parties—including ABLE BC, various GED licensees, the Downtown Vancouver BIA, the Vancouver Police Department, health officials, and others—so we can better inform Council about the implications of this potential policy change.
To be clear, although this program will not be implemented in July 1st the City has not cancelled the pilot program entirely. So far, it has only been delayed. ABLE BC will continue our efforts with the City and this Working Group to implement a better solution that respects your businesses while appropriately addressing the City’s concerns.
We will circulate more details to members as soon as the Working Group is formalized. In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jeff Guignard, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (604) 688-5560.