"Unacceptable": Stewart may seek injunction against restaurant over health order protest

Apr 24 2021, 2:22 pm

The Mayor of Vancouver has said he may seek a court injunction against a Kitsilano restaurant owner who has repeatedly defied COVID-19 public health orders.

Kennedy Stewart took to social media on April 24 to express his displeasure with the owner of Corduroy Lounge.

“The decision by Corduroy restaurant owners to continue to flaunt public health orders despite the City suspending their business license is unacceptable,” Stewart tweeted.

“I am exploring all avenues to put a stop to this – including a court injunction.”

A large crowd gathered outside the restaurant on Friday evening for a “protest and rally” against public health orders.

Video posted on social media shows Cornwall Avenue packed with mostly maskless people – some seated in folding chairs, others holding signs – as music plays.

Earlier this month, owner Rebecca Matthews opened the restaurant for indoor dining, despite the practice currently being banned across British Columbia.

The City of Vancouver subsequently suspended Corduroy’s business licence, although it was reinstated on April 20. Its liquor licence was also suspended.

To date, BC has reported 123,758 COVID-19 cases and 1,554 virus-related deaths.

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