Bill 72 is a win for restaurant owners in Quebec

By Michael Boriero - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Bill 72 is a win for restaurant owners in Quebec

Restaurant owners in Quebec rejoiced last week after the provincial government pushed through Bill 72 on the last day of the fall session.
The bill gives owners the ability to sell alcohol on apps like Uber Eats and Doordash. Customers need to purchase food, as well, but the new law represents a major win for the restaurant industry.
“It’s a permanent change,” said Martin Vezina, spokesperson for the Association Restauration Québec (ARQ). “Everything that was included in Bill 72 is a permanent change, that’s why it’s very important.”
Restaurants needed a way to make more sales, explained Vezina, in an effort to survive another red zone and an eventual relaunch in 2021. This also brings to an end a decades long battle between restauranteurs and the Quebec government to alter the alcohol act.

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