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Liquor and cannabis stores allowed to stay open on Christmas

Last Updated Dec 16, 2019 at 6:49 pm MDT

Bottles of British Columbia wine on display at a liquor store in Cremona, Alta., on February 7, 2018. (PHOTO: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)


CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Stores that sell liquor or cannabis in Alberta can now be open on Christmas Day.

The province announced Monday morning that policies have been updated to allow for retail liquor and cannabis venues and minors-prohibited establishments to operate on Dec. 25.

Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) says lifting these restrictions is another opportunity to reduce red tape and support licensees in making decisions that best support their operational needs.

The AGLC adds the opportunity to open on Christmas Day is optional for licensees and all other rules guiding responsible service and hours remain in effect.

Last August, the UCP government announced two panels tasked with reducing red tape in the oil and gas industry as well as tourism and hospitality.