Downtown Vancouver bars and restaurants ordered to close for St. Patrick's Day

Mar 16 2020, 6:20 pm

Mayor Kennedy Stewart has announced the latest measure in Vancouver’s efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an initial statement shared with Daily Hive, Mayor Kennedy explained how this decision was made.

Following a call with BC Health Minister Adrian Dix where I raised concerns around thousands of people who were planning to attend Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in the downtown core, the Minister immediately got in touch with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Medical Health Officer to also raise these concerns.
In dialogue with the Public Health Officer, Dr. Henry, the VCHA Medical Health Officer Patty Daly has issued a Public Health Order to shut down all bars and restaurants in the downtown core of Vancouver for St. Patrick’s Day.
A full statement on this matter will follow.


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.