Hospitality industry warns many BC nightclubs and banquet halls may not survive further shutdown
Last Tuesday, Henry ordered nightclubs and banquet halls closed. 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.
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British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association CEO Ian Tostenson said the verbal order resulted in “an immediate 30% drop in revenue.”
Jeff Guignard of the Alliance of Beverage Licenses of BC said that in an industry with such tight margins, losing even an hour at the end of the night can turn a business from black to red.
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The lack of detail around the order only makes matters worse, he said.
“It is bad enough that these orders were issued without consultation with the industry,” he said.
“It has now been over a week since Dr. Henry issued verbal orders that have had devastating financial consequences for the British Columbia hospitality industry, and we still do not know the exact details on how to s ‘comply with it. This is an impossible situation that jeopardizes the financial viability of our industry, ”he said.
– With files from Amy Judd, John Hua and Simon Little
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