Ontario temporarily lowers booze prices

Government also loosens rules on cider sales and delivery

Good news for people who love the booze, the Ontario government is temporarily lowering minimum spirit prices. It means restaurants and bars can sell gin, rum, tequila, vodka, and whiskey at $1.34 per 29 millilitres, down from $2 per 29 millilitres.

So, a you’re looking at paying as low as $17.32 for a 375-millilitre bottle instead of $25.86. A 750-millilitre bottle can be sold at $34.65 instead of $51.72.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario made the announcement Tuesday night, and also expanded access to ciders. Previously, cider makers had to have five acres of fruit planted in order to have a storefront on their property. All cider manufacturers will now be permitted to sell product on site, as well as offer delivery.

“By making spirits more affordable the government is providing further support to restaurants, bars and other establishments that cannot serve patrons in-house during the current state of emergency,” an official AGCO statement said.

The new lower prices on booze will be in effect on until January 1, 2021.