Restaurants and other businesses with a liquor licence are receiving support from the Government of Yukon. Liquor licensees will now receive a discount of 25 per cent off the retail price for liquor. This discount will be applied for the duration of restrictions requiring restaurants to open at half their usual capacity, which began on May 29.
Licensees will also receive a 50 per cent refund of this year’s licence fee because of the closure requirements for restaurants and bars. These measures to support Yukon licensees are based on recommendations from the Business Advisory Council.
Additional measures to support Yukon licensees include deferring updates to the wholesale price list until October 1, 2020 and temporarily waiving the re-stocking fee for all liquor licensees when returning unsold liquor to the Corporation. The Yukon Liquor Corporation has also worked with the Liquor Board to support off-premise licensees, and extend hours and provide additional flexibility in the space and footprint requirements of restaurants.
Yukon’s restaurants are facing multiple challenges in reopening their businesses. Most have suffered from significant loss of revenue during the last two months. These new measures will help reduce the costs of reopening and support the local economy in these difficult times. I would like to thank the Business Advisory Council for providing constructive suggestions to support Yukon restaurants and their dedicated staff.
Minister responsible for the Yukon Liquor Corporation John Streicker