You can now order alcohol from licensed establishments already offering take out or delivery

Grocery stores now permitted to start selling earlier too

Here’s something that might make physical distancing a little easier.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) says licensed bars and restaurants that already provide take out or delivery, can now booze with your takeout order.

Effective immediately, those permitted to purchase alcohol can do so from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm – any eatery with an active liquor license is allowed to participate.

Additionally, the AGCO is allowing authorized grocery stores to begin selling alcohol as early as 7:00 am in order to allow for early shopping hours for the elderly.

“Everyone at the AGCO is concerned for the individuals, families, businesses and communities affected by this virus,” says AGCO CEO Jean Major. “We are working closely with the Government of Ontario to find ways of supporting Ontarians and the sectors we regulate during these challenging times.”

The AGCO is also extending by three months the term of all active liquor, gaming and cannabis licenses, authorizations and registrations during this extraordinary situation. In all cases, licensees do not need to do anything. Existing licenses will simply remain in effect for the extended period, at no additional cost.