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N.S. gives restaurants and bars more options for alcohol with delivery or takeout


The Nova Scotia government is amending the Liquor Licensing Regulations to help restaurants and bars have greater access to alcoholic beverages with delivery and take-out orders.

Restaurants and bars now have the option to include cocktails and mixed drinks for delivery or take-out with food orders while the state of emergency order is in effect.

The new regulations allow for more choices for home delivery and take-out orders of alcohol with food orders while keeping protections in place for the safe and responsible sale and consumption of alcohol. The changes go into effect today, May 26, giving bars and restaurants the option to:

  • expand the list of alcoholic beverages allowed with food orders to include manufactured ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages such as coolers
  • increase the value of a bottle of wine allowed with a home delivery to more than three times the cost of the food order to allow higher-end wines to be sold with food purchases

Other changes include:

  • simplifying rules for operators who have both an eating establishment and a lounge licence at the same location and harmonizing hours of operation across all classes of licence by allowing all licensed restaurants and bars to sell or dispense liquor on Sundays starting at 10 a.m. Currently, lounge licensees can’t open until noon
  • allowing children and youth under 19 years of age in all licensed establishments that have food service to stay for one extra hour, until 10 p.m., with a parent or adult guardian

Changes have also been made under the Emergency Management Act. They come into effect today, May 26, and will continue until the state of emergency ends. They include:

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  • allowing for third-party delivery services and drivers to deliver alcoholic beverages with food if they meet certain conditions, including training for the safe and responsible sale of alcohol
  • implementing a 15 per cent cap on fees bars and restaurants pay for third-party deliveries and a 10 per cent cap if a customer uses a food delivery app to order