Vancouver – As we head into a warm and sunny weekend, Vancouver Police are reminding everyone that open alcohol in public places is prohibited.

“Generally speaking, we have seen a substantial increase in open consumption of alcohol in the downtown core, despite there being designated spaces set out by the City of Vancouver,” says Constable Tania Visintin, VPD.

Along the Granville Entertainment District, officers report a 607 per cent increase in liquor pour outs since June 1, compared to the same period last year, and an 84 per cent increase since 2019.

“The Granville Mall is a place people are congregating and drinking. This in turn, is leading to more and more disturbances, assaults and other crimes occurring in the area that are fueled by liquor.”

VPD are asking everyone to enjoy the last few weeks of summer in a safe and responsible way.

For more information on designated parks and plazas where drinking is permitted in Vancouver, visit