Resources to support municipal leaders in decision-making related to the unsupervised public consumption of alcohol on municipal properties

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BC Ministry of Health

Background

Unsupervised public alcohol consumption has recently been gaining momentum as municipalities look for ways to support local businesses and restaurants and provide environments where alcohol can be shared under social distancing orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is pressure to open public spaces for drinking to mitigate local economic impacts to the hospitality industry from the pandemic and public health response. Several municipalities in BC are now exploring alcohol consumption in public spaces, including parks.

Allowing unsupervised public consumption of alcohol carries several important public health implications, including potential increases in alcohol-related harm and related health and enforcement costs. As with recent considerations related to public cannabis consumption, it is important for these factors to be considered carefully along with potential benefits to local businesses.

CISUR will develop a resource (or several resources) to support municipal leaders in decision-making related to the unsupervised public consumption of alcohol on municipal properties.

Progress to date

Final report prepared for Ministry of Health and released.

Researchers