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Olympic pub hours extended for hockey but booze off menu 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Canada's Shea Weber (6) and his linemates celebrate after Weber scored the game-winning goal as Latvia's Sandis Ozolins skates away during the third period of their men's quarter-finals ice hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 19, 2014.            (REUTERS)

Canada's Shea Weber (6) and his linemates celebrate after Weber scored the game-winning goal as Latvia's Sandis Ozolins skates away during the third period of their men's quarter-finals ice hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 19, 2014. (REUTERS)

Victoria has called back a decision against pubs staying open for the men’s gold medal hockey game and allowed establishments to go into overtime to watch the contest.

Liquor sales, however, will still be on the bench.

On Thursday, the B.C. government caved to public pressure and agreed establishments could stay open after typical closing hours to watch the 4 a.m. gold medal game, or open at 6 a.m. for the bronze.

Both games are on Sunday, meaning Saturday night crowds can stay out to watch the matches, but establishments won’t be allowed to serve booze.

Recently the province relaxed rules for the duration of the Olympics so fans could watch hockey as most games started at 9 a.m.

The extended hours are subject to local regulations and places wanting to take advantage of the break must notify the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch by noon Friday.

 

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