B.C. nightclubs and banquet halls have been closed again as COVID-19 cases increase


As the number of COVID-19 cases rises, British Columbia’s provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry ordered all nightclubs and banquet halls to close again on Tuesday.Additionally, all alcohol sales in all bars, pubs, and restaurants must cease by 10 p.m., and establishments must close by 11 p.m. unless full meal service is still provided.

Music or other background noise, such as televisions, should not be louder than the volume of a normal conversation to prevent customers from having to shout near other people to be heard.

Coronavirus cases linked to bars and nightclubs in British Columbia cause concern

Coronavirus cases linked to bars and nightclubs in British Columbia cause concern

The order went into effect immediately, although there is a “grace period” while officials work out all the details.

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Also on Tuesday, the province reported 429 new cases of COVID-19 over the previous four days, including Labor Day weekend.

British Columbia now has a total of 6,591 cases.

The number of people diagnosed with the virus has steadily increased in recent weeks, with many days there being more than 100 new cases.

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In July, as part of Phase 3 of the plan to reopen the province, Henry announced that all patrons attending nightclubs were to be seated at a designated seat. There could also be no self-service alcohol or a dance floor, and establishments had to take further steps to reduce queues and bottlenecks.

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Banquet halls have been allowed to reopen with new social distancing rules, however, British Columbia has seen community outbreaks due to private events not following proper health guidelines.

Province not budging on COVID-19 rules for banquet halls

Province not budging on COVID-19 rules for banquet halls

“It’s time for all of us to cut back on our social interactions,” Henry said Tuesday. “It means having less contact with other people, especially people we don’t know.”

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Officials understand that companies have done what they can to keep their customers safe, she added, but the numbers are rising too much.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said he knew everyone was tired of the restrictions, but people needed to help flatten the curve again.

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Jeff Guignard, executive director of the Alliance of Beverage Licensees, said the changes could lead some businesses to close.

Nearly half of restaurants, bars and pubs either don’t make any money or “barely manage” on federal wage and rent support, Guignard said.

“The only reason we’ve been able to sort of get this far is that those last hours of the night are always the most profitable,” he said.

“By that point you’ve made money all day long, or had enough sales to pay your rent, and the last three hours you’re finally trying to put a profit in the owner’s pocket.” . By doing away with that now and not having to be able to sell alcohol after 10 p.m., you’re going to see businesses that are just going to have to close because of it.

– With files from Jon Azpiri

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