Effective May 23, municipalities and park authorities in the province can designate outdoor public places such as parks for consumption of beverage alcohol.
Interested municipalities and park authorities need to designate the outdoor space through a bylaw and post the areas and hours where liquor can be consumed.
Provincial rules around liquor consumption continue to apply including no minors consuming and the prohibition of public intoxication.
Does this mean people will be able to consume alcohol in municipal parks this summer?
It does not mean people can start consuming on May 23. It means municipalities can make changes to allow the designation of outdoor public places such as parks for consumption of beverage alcohol.
If a municipality wants to do this what do they need to do?
A municipality would have to designate the outdoor space through a bylaw. Municipalities are also required to post the areas and hours where liquor can be consumed. Some municipalities may want to try it on a pilot basis or designate a smaller space or maintain the status quo. It will be up to municipalities to decide what works best.
Where can I get additional information?
Questions can be directed to SLGA by clicking here.
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