Tuesday,  September 22, 2020  3:20 am

Ontario airports can now serve booze 24 hours a day

Ontario airports can now serve booze 24 hours a day
Ontario is now allowing 24-hour sales of alcohol at airports. Photo: Kobby Mendez
Michael Pihach

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Long layovers just got a little more interesting. 

Air passengers flying out of an Ontario airport can now have a spicy Caesar, pint of beer or glass of Pinot whenever they want.

The Ontario Government passed a bill Thursday (Dec. 12) allowing 24-hour sales of alcohol at the province’s airports, a move reflective of the government’s plans to loosen alcohol restrictions in Ontario. 

Toronto Pearson International Airport broke the news on their Twitter account yesterday, tweeting that the new rules “will result in greater choice and flexibility for our valued passengers.”

The airport tweeted that the new legislation would apply to airport lounges as well, such as the Plaza Premium Lounge.

Toronto Pearson International Airport announced the new legislation on their Twitter account Thursday,

Prior to the changes, alcohol at Ontario airports could only be served between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 a.m.

The idea was among dozens of measures in a bill tabled to ease red tape and regulations in late October as part of the Better For People, Smarter for Business Act, which suggested that alcohol should be permitted to be served at airports, such as Pearson International and Billy Bishop, at all hours.

The 24-hour booze allowance is one of many alcohol-related bills proposed by the Progressive Conservatives, which originally campaigned on a promise to introduce buck-a-beer to Ontario.

The one main rule Ontario airports will have to follow is that that licensed bars and restaurants must be located beyond airport security.

So if you want to grab a pint at the airport, you technically have to be flying somewhere.

While it appears Pearson International has embraced the news, the airport also took a moment on Twitter to kindly remind passengers to not go nuts. 

“We would like to take this time to remind passengers to please enjoy alcoholic beverages in a safe and responsible manner during their time at the airport,” the airport tweeted.

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