City of Vancouver calls on bars, restaurants to close

Mar 19 2020, 12:45 pm

The City of Vancouver has declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19.

In a press conference yesterday, Mayor Kennedy Stewart announced this decision would give Vancouver the tools to move faster and keep residents safe.

One of those tools is the ability to instruct all food and beverage establishments to limit their operations to take out and delivery.

“To business owners in Vancouver, I know this is incredibly difficult unless you can operate takeout or delivery services. Now’s the time to close to the public,” said Stewart.

All bars and restaurants have been asked close unless they can abide by the Province’s regulation.

Today at the City’s Special Council meeting, City Manager Sadhu Johnston said that when it comes to restaurants and bars that aren’t abiding by these orders, they’ll likely be pursuing them on a case-by-case basis, going to the businesses and providing an order versus providing orders to all businesses across the city at once.

Stewart noted that the VPD reported over 20 businesses remained open on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) despite an order from Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) directing “all restaurants, bars, lounges, and similar venues throughout the City of Vancouver close their doors.”

With coronavirus on the rise, BC public health authorities are reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.