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Men's gold medal hockey game: no booze served in B.C.

02/22/2014 05:55 EST | Updated 04/24/2014 05:59 EDT
Hockey fans will be staying up late or waking up early to watch as Team Canada faces off against Sweden in the men's gold medal final in Sochi.

With a 4 a.m. PT start, many will be watching from home, but there are also community gatherings being organized in smaller centres, such as the one happening in starting goalie Carey Price's hometown of Anahim Lake.

In urban areas, some cafés are opening early and a number of B.C. pubs and bars are opting to remain open through Sunday morning, but alcohol won't be on the menu.

Under temporary new rules announced by the provincial government on Thursday, bars and pubs will not be allowed to serve liquor until 9 a.m. Sunday. Also, only those establishments that are already licensed to serve that early can do so. 

The B.C. government said, in the interest of health and safety, unfinished liquor will also be removed from bar patrons within 30 minutes of the end of liquor service hours, which vary by establishments.

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