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Beer garden fences torn down

Free-range drinking at B.C. festivals will now be the norm after the provincial government announced it is tearing down beer garden fencing around the province.

People at special events can now roam festival grounds while enjoying a cold one as of today.

It's one of many recommended changes being implemented to update the province's old liquor laws.

The government will now also allow the sale of mixed spirits such as gin and tonic at special events.

Sports and entertainment venues are now being permitted to sell booze to all patrons, regardless of where they are seated.

All festivals and public special events interested in selling alcohol still have to apply for a special occasion licence, subject to local government or police approval.

The Canadian Press

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