TORONTO – When Team Canada faces off against Sweden for the men’s hockey gold Sunday, chances are you’ll be able to enjoy some early morning brews. And we are not just talking about coffee.
In anticipation of the match, which takes place at 4 p.m. Sochi time, many provinces have eased restrictions on alcohol service.
Although some provinces have enacted a blanket exemption for liquor and beer sales in the early a.m., it’s not unanimous across the country. Here’s how the temporary relaxation of liquor laws may affect your Olympic-watching experience.
Toronto bars and restaurants can open as early as 7 a.m. ET., unless they are located in the following city wards:
- Ward 9, York Centre
- Ward 24, Willowdale
- Ward 11, York South-Weston
Toronto’s city adopted similar rules for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. However, the rest of Ontario will have to wait until regular hours to sip suds.
In a provincial first, Manitoba has allowed bars to open early and serve alcohol at 5 a.m. CST.
However, bars had to have an application filed with provincial regulators by Friday in order to get approval for early opening on Sunday.
The Saskatchewan government has given “blanket” approval for bars to open at 5:30 a.m. CST on Sunday, with one exception. The city of Prince Albert voluntary excluded itself from the special permission.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford tweeted the all-clear for bars across the province to serve alcohol at 5 a.m. MST.
Good news for B.C. hockey fans – bars have been permitted to extend their opening hours for the game’s 4 a.m. PST start time on Sunday. But the bad news for those fans hoping to enjoy a cold draught during the game – liquor isn’t permitted to be serviced until 9 a.m. PST.
With files from Global News’ Shawn Knox, Peter Meiszner, Andrew Russell, Caley Ramsay, Lisa Geddes and The Canadian Press.