Province Announces Cutting Retail Liquor Markup
As many of you may already know, yesterday the Province of British Columbia announced approval of a temporary wholesale pricing model allowing liquor licensees to purchase beer, wine, and spirits at a 20% reduced cost from the end of July 2020 until March 31, 2021. Currently, restaurants, bars, and pubs pay full retail price (wholesale cost plus a retail markup) and this new model will have licensees pay only the wholesale price providing significant savings. To read the full announcement, please click here.
WorkSafeBC Update | Inspector Visits; Protocols Still Pending
While WorkSafeBC has posted Sports and Recreation Protocols, there has been nothing specific to the golf industry. To review the Sports and Recreation Protocols, please click here. I am also hearing from members across the Province that WorkSafeBC inspectors have been visiting throughout the past week or so and some have indicated that golf protocols are still expected but may focus more on staff safety versus operational guidelines. We will continue to monitor this and provide updates as needed.
New Minimum Wage In Effect
A reminder that on June 1st the minimum wage in British Columbia increased to $14.60 per hour and to $13.95 for liquor servers. Click here for more details.
We continue to monitor announcements and clarifications in British Columbia and will send updates as new information is received.
With the start of the 2020 golf season officially underway, we have been hearing from a number of operators of the challenges securing necessary products to ensure you are able to operate under new Public Health Order (PHO) protocols. An especially difficult to source item has been hand sanitizer with national distributors out of stock or shipments being delayed by weeks.
COVID-19 Resource Centre
We have been hearing from a number of golf courses from across the country on where to access information and how to handle specific situations like event cancellations, accessing Government Funding, how do I apply the Public Health Agency of Canada recommendations for golf, and more. The NGCOA Canada has created an online resource centre where we are posting the most up-to-date information on best practices and resources as they come to us. We encourage you to visit this page to find answers to some of those questions.
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