According to BC’s restaurant and bar industry, the province-wide ban on indoor dining will likely be extended into May.
In an update to the industry community on April 13, the BCRFA (BC Restaurant & Food Services) informed readers that it had met with Dr. Henry and Dr. Emerson along with Restaurant Canada and ABLE to discuss the current PHO order banning in-restaurant dining.
The order, which came into effect on March 30, 2021, was slated to remain in place until at least April 19, 2021, at the time of the announcement.
Now, the industry is giving its community members a heads up that this will likely be extended through May.
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“This is a result of the continued high number of daily cases and the Province’s goal to have restrictions in place that avoid socialization and gathering indoors, for now,” read the BCRFA statement.
Restaurants, bars, and pubs will likely continue to be prohibited from offering dine-in service, except for outdoor patios.
People dining on patios should do so with their immediate household or core bubble only.
The statement also touched on the general confusion around patios, something the BCRFA says will be better outlined in a new patio guidelines document to be circulated around the community soon.