The 2022 FIFA World Cup is being held in Qatar, a ten-hour time difference from British Columbia.
“This is the first time that Canada has qualified for the World Cup since 1986,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
“In recognition of this, liquor primary establishments can extend their hours so soccer fans can support their team in a positive way with other fans, while also supporting the economic recovery of the hospitality sector coming out of the pandemic.”
The province says there will be no change to the hours of liquor sales and service, but bars, pubs, and restaurants will be able to stay open later and serve non-alcoholic beverages during the extended hours.
Expanded hours in the hospitality sector have previously been granted for other international sporting events like the Olympics and 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The FIFA World Cup will be held from November 20th to December 18th.