During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BC Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch (BCLCRB) authorized licensed BC liquor manufacturers to produce, package, sell or donate alcohol-based sanitizer and hand sanitizer. The authorization to manufacture and/or package sanitizers was originally set to expire 30 days after BC enters Phase 4 of the BC Restart Plan. The authorization to sell or donate sanitizers was originally set to expire six months later. See temporary authorizations policy directives 20-08, 20-09, 20-10 and 21-19.
Policy directive 22-06, issued on April 7, 2022, amends these temporary authorizations as follows:
Authorization to manufacture or package sanitizers ends May 8, 2022.
Authorization for BC liquor manufacturers to sell or donate sanitizers expires at end of day on November 8, 2022.
BCLCRB explains that the reason for earlier expiration of these temporary authorizations is because the Public Health Officer lifted mask mandates on March 11, 2022, and vaccine card requirements were lifted on April 8, 2022. The General Manager of BCLCRB considers the end of these mandates the equivalent of entering phase 4 of the BC Restart Plan.
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