Winnipeg restaurant denounced on social media for failing to follow COVID-19 rules

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A restaurant and bar in Winnipeg has been slammed on social media for the lack of physical distance seen on the property’s patio over the weekend – but the owner calls the claims false.Chaise Corydon has already received two tickets this summer for breaking the rules of COVID-19. A photo, apparently taken around 1:47 a.m. on Saturday and posted later on social media, shows her patio filled with many people gathered.

“All the people who are complaining, the message is very clear: they want us to follow the rules,” said owner Shea Ritchie, but “when I ask them what rules they are referring to, they don’t really know the rules. .

“They don’t realize that we have extra security guards … watching this patio way up front, checking every person inside and out, and making sure everything is done and that we are doing it. manage according to the rules. ”

Phase 4 of Manitoba’s reopening strategy went into effect on July 25, but changes to public health rules regarding public gatherings and bars have been postponed. Bars such as Corydon Chair are therefore still subject to the same Phase 3 guidelines.

In phase 3, restaurants and bars can be fully operational, but must ensure that people can “reasonably” stay at least two meters apart, except for brief conversations.

Patios and interior spaces can reopen completely, knowing that a maximum of 50 people are allowed inside and a maximum of 100 people are allowed outside. Tables and seats should also be arranged in a way that creates a physical barrier or two-meter separation between people at different tables.

Establishments should also ensure that patrons, when not seated, can reasonably stay at least two meters from others. Standing service in bars is prohibited and dance floors must remain closed.

Ritchie, who also owns Chaise Café and Lounge in St. Boniface, apparently contacted the person who posted the post and asked them specifically what rules the restaurant was breaking.

The person said they didn’t know and referred Ritchie to the photo she took, according to Ritchie.

The photo shows many people standing on the patio in groups, separated by bar tables.

This photo of the patio of the Corydon Chair was apparently taken at 1:47 am on Saturday. (Darren Penner / Facebook)

Ritchie said part of the crowd was actually a separate queue to enter the restaurant, but CBC News cannot confirm this based on the photo in question.

People often complain to Ritchie about the lack of physical distance in his establishment, and if he says the restaurant has taken steps to ensure physical distance between groups of people, it is not his responsibility to keep them separate. people from the same group.

“If you want to go to dinner… I’m not supposed to ask questions that invalidate your reasons for dating.” I’m not supposed to keep a distance between you and your other people, ”he said.

Ritchie suggests that those with concerns contact Manitoba Health to make sure the restaurant is breaking the rules before posting complaints on social media.

Chaise Corydon has already received two tickets from Manitoba’s Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority this summer for breaking public health rules for COVID-19 – each was $ 2,542.

The first ticket, issued on June 22, was given because two different inspectors found three cases where the chairs at the tables were too close to each other, Ritchie said, adding that the restaurant believed the tables should be separated from each other. two meters, not the chairs.

The second ticket, issued on July 11, was given because it looked like people from various groups were dancing together.

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