Beer garden must have fence, Lake Cowichan council decides

Cowichan Lake Days will again be allowed to host a beer garden but town councillors have one concern: they want a fence around it.

Coun. Tim McGonigle, while noting that BC Liquor Control regulations now allow an open beer garden, said that the town still had some authority in issuing permits and wanted to see it used in this regard when looking at the annual request for a beer garden.

"They didn’t request [an open beer garden] specifically but it wasn’t clear within the letter so we just wanted to be sure. It’s a public event and there are small children involved. I think you have more control when it’s fenced in, for that reason alone. That was my concern," he said.

His colleagues agreed.