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New Tecumseth council softens changes to alcohol serving policy

Posted January 29, 2020

Licensed events held in New Tecumseth's public facilities can continue to sell upto a maximum of six drink tickets per person, and will now have until 2 am to clear out, an increase of an hour.

The draft policy is the first full revision since 2003. It had recommended dropping per person ticket sales to four, currently it's six, and will remain so. And events on/in town owned properties and facilities were proposed to end at 12:00 am and the premises vacated by 1:00 am.

Ward 3 councillor Paul Foster called the reduced ticket sale policy to be, "overboard and excessive" and noted on the time reduction, "I think you would actually encourage people to move to another location at 12 o'clock. Why would we restrict our groups?"

However, what didn't change was the requirement for permit holders to secure a $5 million liability police, an increase from $1 million.

The Director of Parks, Recreation, and Culture estimated the increased cost for groups who take their insurance through the Town would see a premium increase of between $16 to $39 depending on circumstances.

Ward 6 councillor Stephanie MacLellan said her concern was for events already scheduled. She was assured, "we would be looking to work with the organizers to deal with that situation."

All stories, unless otherwise noted,
by Tony Veltri