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Public drinking now allowed at four plazas around Vancouver

Photo via Coquitlam Beer Festival

Now’s your chance to glug-glug this summer… but in public. Vancouver has approved public drinking in four plazas around the city.

The pilot program, approved by city council on Wednesday, will allow public drinking from the hours of 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.at three of the locations and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the fourth location near the Vancouver Art Gallery.

While there are concerns about the density of population and potential public intoxication, hopefully, this will be a good chance to show the city that we Vancouverites can handle our booze.

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The four plazas are at Cambie and West 17th Ave, Bute and Robson, Hastings and Cordova, and šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square at Vancouver Art Gallery.

This is also coupled with the proposed change in liquor laws for public parks, but nothing permanent can be ratified until 2021 due to provincial law changes.

So now’s a great time to grab a few beers or drink of your choice and give drinking in public a crack! Just please, be respectful of COVID-19 restrictions, public intoxication rules, and all that good stuff. Let’s show the city that we can drink both publicly and responsibly.

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