The Government of Alberta has recently announced a state of emergency and has moved forward with aggressive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Many Alberta brewers have requested clarity on direct delivery policies and the required closures of taprooms.
Brewers that have a class D off-sales licence are permitted to provide delivery services.
The recent changes announced by government permit class A licenses to sell off sales and deliver liquor. This is now automatically included in the class A licence as well.
- Taprooms are minors prohibited premises. Minors prohibited premises must restrict patrons from attending their premises, however, they may continue to provide off-sales and delivery of liquor. Further information can be found on AGLC's website
Guidance for checking identification
Many brewers are concerned about safe delivery, given the COVID-19 pandemic. The AGLC issued the following guidance for checking identification:
As you are all aware, the AGLC requires you or your staff to request identification from a person who appears to be under the age of 25. This process usually requires employees to physically handle the identification in order to closely inspect it to ensure the customer is of age and that the picture on the identification is that of the customer. This affects all cannabis and liquor licensees, including Class D licensees offering alcohol pick-up and delivery.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the AGLC would like to provide you with some guidance in meeting the policy/legislation requirements while conducting business in the safest manner possible.
Effective immediately, cannabis/liquor licensees and staff members may ask customers to hold their identification out for staff to review both the front and the back of the identification to prevent staff from holding the identification.
Customers may also place their identification on a flat surface, back away for the staff member to view the identification, turn the identification over and lay it on the flat surface for the staff member to view.
If the staff member is unable to verify that the customer is not a minor via these methods, staff can request a secondary piece of identification. If not satisfied with the secondary piece of identification or if the customer cannot produce a secondary piece of identification, the staff member must refuse to provide the liquor or cannabis to the customer. Staff could also choose to handle the piece or pieces of identification to better determine authenticity.
If any of these options are not successful, staff must refuse the sale. Also, if staff are unsure of the validity of any out of province or other identification, they must refuse the sale.
Service Alberta has announced that Albertans who have birthdays from March 17 through May 14 and whose identification cards expire this year, now have until May 15, 2020 to renew. https://www.alberta.ca/renew-replace-drivers-licence.aspx."
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