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Alcohol-consumption pilot launches today

August 10 2020 –

Starting today, people can bring and consume alcohol at four Vancouver locations as part of a temporary pilot program approved by Council.

Alcohol consumption is allowed during specific hours at the following sites:

  • šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl'e7énk Square - Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza (12pm – 9 pm)
  • Lot 19 - Hornby and W. Hastings (11am – 9pm)
  • Bute-Robson Plaza (11am – 9pm)
  • 17th & Cambie Temporary Plaza (11am – 9pm)

Goal of the pilot

The goal of the pilot program is to allow people to drink alcohol outside, where physical distancing is easier. This initiative also supports equity for people without access to private outdoor spaces.

It's the latest measure in our ongoing response to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our residents and businesses.

Why these sites were selected

The pilot is being managed and monitored in partnership with local Business improvement Associations (BIAs). The four sites were selected following an invitation to BIAs to submit proposals for suitable sites based on criteria staff established in consultation with the VPD and VCH.

Each site is highly visible and in a high-traffic area, and offers access to food and transit, all of which promotes safety. In partnership with BIAs, the locations will be monitored regularly, so staff can make changes quickly if needed. City staff are working closely with VPD and pilot partners to identify, mitigate, and plan for risks associated with this work.

Pilot timeline

The pilot was approved by Vancouver City Council on July 29 and will run until mid-October, 2020.

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