In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and to support BC liquor manufacturers by increasing revenue generating opportunities, the General Manager of the BC Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch (BCLCRB) has extended authorization for licensed BC liquor manufacturers to use their facilities to produce and package alcohol-based sanitizers until 30 days after the Public Health Officer announces that BC has entered Step 4 of BC’s Restart Plan. The policy directive also extends the period a manufacturer may sell or donate the sanitizer they produce to six months after the authorization to manufacturer/package has expired (the end date was previously September 30/2021).
BC is currently in Step 3, which began July 1/2021. The criteria for moving to Step 4 is more than 70% of the population 18 years or older has at least one dose of the vaccine, low case counts and hospitalizations. As of Friday, October 8, 88.6% of eligible people 12 years of age and older have received at least one dose of an approved vaccine. Back in August the government suggested that a September Step 4 start would be unlikely, because case counts and hospitalizations have been on the rise. Now, there’s also a sharp increase in cases amongst school-aged children. BC’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has responded by tightening mask mandates including mandatory masks for all K-12 students and staff.
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