Charlie Bredo, co-founder of Red Deer’s Troubled Monk Brewery and Taproom, says the business will be closed on Christmas Day, despite changes in provincial regulations. File photo

Charlie Bredo, co-founder of Red Deer’s Troubled Monk Brewery and Taproom, says the business will be closed on Christmas Day, despite changes in provincial regulations. File photo

Liquor and pot stores allowed to open Christmas Day

Liquor and cannabis retailers have received permission from the government to stay open on Christmas Day.

The change in policy also applies to establishments such as bars and taprooms.

Red Deer’s Troubled Monk Brewery and Taproom co-founder Charlie Bredo said his business will be closed on Christmas Day, so staff can have the day off.

“If people are keen to work on those types of days, I’m OK being open, but I would hate to push people to work on special holidays like that,” he said Tuesday.

“We need to be respectful of people’s work-life balance.”

It’s unclear which businesses in the Red Deer area will be open Dec. 25.

The Fire & Flower Cannabis store in Red Deer will be closed on the holiday, confirmed Nathan Mison, vice-president of government and stakeholder relations with the company.

If the announcement, which came Monday, had come sooner, the company would’ve considered keeping some stores in Alberta open.

“But the fact that it’s a very short time frame and people have already made their Christmas plans, we want to make sure everybody takes the day,” Mison added.

Matt Panelli, co-owner of Lacombe cannabis retailer Merry Guanas, said the outlet won’t be open on Christmas Day.

“I think it’s a reasonable move,” said Panelli of the policy change.

“I think it comes down to personal choice. It’s for retailers to decide for their own personal situation, whether it makes sense for them to open.”

It’s a matter of convenience for last-minute shoppers, added Panelli, adding he isn’t sure what the demand would be like for cannabis on Christmas Day.

“I can see in the alcohol industry, there is significant demand, but with the way society is, people are still more likely to consume alcohol at a family function than they are cannabis.”

Heather Holmen, a spokeswoman for Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis, said the agency has been eyeing a change in policy for a while now.

“We’ve certainly had requests to see if it’s permissible. It was something on our radar,” said Holmen.

Holmen said there would be labour considerations that each business will have to look at in making their decision.

“It’s not mandated that they open. It’s completely optional, and those who have been asking for this will see this as an opportunity to have their doors open,” Holmen explained.



mamta.lulla@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Town of Ponoka and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) have ratified a new agreement, averting a strike. (File photo from Facebook)
Alberta gov’t ‘using pandemic as shield to lay off workers,’ says AUPE

The Government of Alberta’s “attacks on workers” is continuing with a new… Continue reading

Rocky Mountain House RCMP, EMS, Search and Rescue, STARS air ambulance and Alstrom Helicopters worked together to rescue a fallen ice climber Friday. (Photo contributed by Rocky Mountain House RCMP)
Rocky Mountain House RCMP help rescue fallen ice climber

Rocky Mountain RCMP helped assist a fallen ice climber Friday afternoon. At… Continue reading

Students Association of Red Deer College president Brittany Lausen says she’s pleased the college is offering students a choice to attend class in-person or remotely. (Red Deer Advocate file photo)
Red Deer College winter term enrolment dips

Enrolment down about six per cent but mix of online and in-person instruction is going over well

Brett Salomons, of Salomons Commercial, and Mark Jones, CEO of the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre, in the CACAC's new temporary home. (Contributed photo)
Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre’s One Day Challenge returns

Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre has announced its One Day Challenge is… Continue reading

Dwayne Buckle, 40 of Red Deer finished a 1,638-kilometre walk, in honour of his family. The 12-week, 82 day-journey wrapped up in Port Hardy, B.C. on Monday. Facebook photo
Red Deer man completes 1,638 km hike for cancer research

Dwayne Buckle, a Red Deer firefighter returned home Friday after his 12-week journey

A Suncor logo is shown at the company's annual meeting in Calgary, Thursday, May 2, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Body of worker whose bulldozer fell through ice on inactive tailings pond recovered

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Oilpatch giant Suncor says the body of a… Continue reading

A restaurant manager in Orlando used a sign to secretly ask an 11-year-old boy if he needs help from his family after they were spotted withholding food from him. (Photo courtesy Orlando Police Department)
WATCH: Restaurant manager uses secret note to ‘rescue’ child, says Orlando Police

The manager of an Orlando restaurant is receiving praise from police after… Continue reading

Tourists take photographs outside the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday August 26, 2011. A coalition of British Columbia tourism industry groups is urging the provincial government to not pursue plans to ban domestic travel to fight the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. travel ban will cripple struggling tourism sector, says industry coalition

VICTORIA — A coalition of British Columbia tourism industry groups is urging… Continue reading

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Provinces work on revised plans as Pfizer-BioNTech shipments to slow down

Quebec and Ontario, the two provinces hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic,… Continue reading

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. A young snowshoer who set out alone on a rugged mountain trail on Vancouver's north shore Thursday has died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Snowshoer dies after overnight search on Vancouver-area mountain: RCMP

SQUAMISH, B.C. — A snowshoer who set out alone on a rugged… Continue reading

nunavut
‘It was joyous:’ Sun returns to some Nunavut communities for first time in weeks

IQALUIT — A sliver of orange rose over Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, earlier… Continue reading

People take photos through the extensive security surrounding the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, ahead of the inauguration of president-elect Joe Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Susan Walsh
Less pomp, very different circumstances as D.C. prepares to inaugurate Biden, Harris

WASHINGTON — Some pomp. Very different circumstances. Inauguration day is supposed to… Continue reading

Winnipeg Jets' Nathan Beaulieu (88) and Nikolaj Ehlers (27) defend against Jansen Harkins (12) during scrimmage at their NHL training camp practice in Winnipeg, Wednesday, January 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Winnipeg Jets cancel practice due to possible COVID-19 exposure

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets have cancelled their practice today due to… Continue reading

Most Read