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Kitchener mayor asks for extended hours at local establishments during World Cup (update)

AGCO confirmed Friday it will be extending service hours
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Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic wrote a letter to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, and Ontario's Attorney General asking them to extend hours at Ontario's licensed establishments. 

That's so licensed establishments can host fans for all World Cup games, some of which begin at 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. 

This year's World Cup is taking place in Qatar which has an eight hour time difference from Ontario. 

Licensed establishments in Ontario typically are allowed to be open beginning at 9 a.m. 

"It would be very meaningful to both soccer fans, and in particular to the hospitality sector which has struggled over the past few years, for your agency and government to extend hours when serving is permitted to accommodate game times," Vrbanovic wrote in the letter. 

The World Cup beings on Sunday when host nation Qatar faces Ecuador at 11 a.m. 

The first early game will be on Monday when England faces Iran at 8 a.m., and Canada begins its campaign on Wednesday at 2 p.m. 

It was confirmed Friday afternoon that the AGCO will be extending liquor service hours in Ontario to begin at 7a.m. daily throughout the world cup tournament. 
 

 

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