Beginning today, municipalities and park authorities in the province will be able to allow the consumption of alcohol in designated outdoor public places such as parks.

The legislation to change the rules around alcohol consumption was first introduced back in December, with individual municipalities now allowed to make that choice.

"Municipalities and park authorities know what works in their communities and these changes will give them the flexibility to make their own decisions about allowing public alcohol consumption in parks and outdoor spaces," Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Lori Carr said. "Our government will continue to look at ways to modernize Saskatchewan's liquor laws while balancing the responsible use of alcohol."

Municipalities that choose to designate an outdoor public space for alcohol consumption will need to pass a bylaw and notify Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.

Provincial rules around liquor consumption will continue to apply in designated spaces. 

A similar change was made before the long weekend to alcohol and cannabis in provincial parks, which will now be allowed following a 17-year ban.