The Ontario government is taking additional measures to help hospitality sector workers and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The province is allowing licensed restaurants and bars to sell spirits with a food order at a lower price, while also making it easier for cideries to sell directly to consumers.
The price for whiskey, gin, rum, and other spirits will be temporarily reduced from the current licensee minimum price of $2 per 29 ml (0.98 oz) to $1.34 per 29 ml
This will last until Jan. 1, 2021, matching the duration of the temporary ability for bars and restaurants to sell alcohol with food for takeout and delivery.
Further, The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has temporarily removed the requirement for cideries to have five acres of planted fruit to qualify for a store.
This change will allow all licensed manufacturers of cider to sell their products on-site or deliver directly to consumers across Ontario.