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Restaurants Canada Manitoba-Saskatchewan Vice President, Dwayne Marling speaks at the official government announcement of Manitoba’s new liquor regulations.

(Apr. 17/14) It was no April Fools’ Day joke. After years of lobbying by Restaurants Canada, Manitoba’s licensees are governed by fewer liquor regulations that are also easier-to-understand.

Effective April 1, these rules include the following:

  • liquor licence categories are streamlined from 12 to three – service, sales, manufacturing;
  • food to liquor ratio for dining rooms is eliminated;
  • dining rooms can serve liquor without food, as long as half of their seating is available for food service or occupied by customers who have ordered or been served a meal;
  • restaurants with both a dining room and lounge now operate under a single dining licence rather than two;
  • opening hours for all licensees are standardized at 9 a.m. to  2 a.m., seven days a week (except Remembrance Day); and
  • advertising and marketing are self-regulated and based only on the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards.

Restaurants Canada will continue to participate in the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba’s Hospitality Industry Advisory Committee. Please share your experience with the new regulations, both good and bad, with Manitoba-Saskatchewan Vice President Dwayne Marling at dmarling@restaurantscanada.org.

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