Dr. Bonnie Henry has added a new health order for the province of British Columbia - short pouring retail liquor sales on New Years Eve.
"We are concerned leading into New Years Eve, in order to temper some of this risk. Revision of food and liquor service, and will expand now to retail sales as well," said Dr. Henry this afternoon.
"As of tomorrow, all liquor sales, must be between end at 9pm on December 31 through to January 1," said Dr. Henry noting that restaurants could stay open, simply not serve liquors after 9pm.
"The purpose is to decrease the late night consumption of alcohol o that can lead to risky behavoir, and increased trransmission.
The new order will be in effect for one day only.
"We see celebratory parties and extra consumption of alcohols and this is an attempt to curb that."
Liquor sales for onsite and off-site consumption must cease between 8:00 pm on December 31, 2020. Unless a full meal service is provided, premises which are licensed to serve liquor must close at 9:00 pm.
Dr. Henry also announced 485 new cases over the last 24 hours of COVID-19, including 84 in Northern Health.