Vancouver bus passengers say they followed COVID-19 guidelines, don’t deserve criticism – BC


Passengers on a party bus who were criticized by staff at a Vancouver bar last weekend are responding to allegations by a bar manager who said he was not following COVID-19 guidelines.“It got pretty infamous,” passenger Patrick McWilliams told Global News on Tuesday. “It’s a bit breathtaking.”

McWilliams was one of 12 people who hired a party bus from Langley on Saturday night to head downtown for birthday celebrations.

“It was a bunch of friends, that since we entered stage 3 in the last month or so, we’ve all been pretty united and we have mingled a bit, but it was two birthdays of our friends , then we kind of just crashed into one, ”he said.

McWilliams said the cost of a cab from Langley to downtown Vancouver was around $ 250 each way.

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So he said it made sense to take a party bus for around $ 500 and that they could socially distance themselves inside.

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Don Falconer, who runs the lounge bar at the Belmont Hotel on Granville Street, was working Saturday night when he says a party bus pulled up outside and 25 people exited.

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“It was like a clown car, they just kept coming and kept coming,” he told Global News on Sunday.

Falconer said they had to fire the group.

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But McWilliams says it wasn’t.

“So it turns out we got dropped off at the Belmont and this guy from Don is trying to paint himself like a hero now, but from what I remember a girl tried to use the bathroom there.” , it was never planned to attend. the Belmont, ”he explained.

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The group ended up visiting a few different downtown establishments on Saturday, but McWilliams said they always follow each establishment’s rules and sit at tables of no more than six people.

In British Columbia, under new rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no more than six people are allowed at a table in a restaurant or bar and there must be six feet between tables. There can be no mixing and customers are only allowed to leave their seats to go to the bathroom.

“We’re here at step 3, the last one I checked, there are rules in place, as long as you follow those rules, that’s what they’re there for,” McWilliams added.

– With files from Aaron McArthur

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