COVID-19 Death in British Columbia Clarifies Rules for Restaurants, Bars

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VICTORIA (1130 NEWS) – The province announced changes to the food service and liquor sector on Friday in response to small clusters of new COVID-19 cases in business.Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, and Minister of Health Adrian Dix, in a joint statement, did not specify the number of clusters or the number of companies involved, but did report 16 new cases for 2 709 overall.

The province also recorded a death in the Vancouver coastal region after six consecutive days without one. The total in British Columbia is up to 168.

Adjustments to requirements for the food service industry are accompanied by improved guidelines for workers through WorkSafeBC.

“We are closely monitoring our COVID-19 restart activities and modifying our approach as we progress. This includes amending the provincial health officer’s order for food service establishments to make restaurants and pubs safer for employees and customers, “said Henry and Dix.

“The requirements for this sector have been adjusted in response to small groups of new cases in companies, as employees spend more time together and recognizing that a secure number of customers is highly dependent on the amount of space in each location, not restaurant capacity. “

On Thursday, Henry announced a new order to make it easier for restaurants and bars by removing the single capacity limit of 50%.

These rules still cap the total number of bars and restaurants at 50 people, but give companies more freedom to set their own capacity limits, with groups capped at six people.

Henry and Dix said the best way to avoid spreading the virus is to make sure everyone has the space to stay safe.

“Food service owners need to remember that protecting your employees and customers requires layers of protection in the kitchen and in the dining room. Plans should include things like frequent hand washing, more cleaning, the use of barriers in kitchens and dining rooms, and headroom between tables, “they say.

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Henry and Dix also advised visitors to these establishments to ensure that they and all of their group members are in good health and to ensure that a WorkSafeBC safety plan is posted.

“We all want to stay safe and we all have a role to play. The decisions we make and the actions we take will protect our communities and keep us moving forward. ”

BEFORE CHRIST. has 187 cases, including 12 in the hospital, including three in intensive care.

To date, 2,354 people tested positive have recovered – a rate of 87%.

The province has not reported any new health care facilities and no community outbreaks. A total of five long-term care and assisted living facilities continue to have active outbreaks.

-with files from Paul James.



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