Kelowna bar launches new strong bill message

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Patrons of the popular downtown Doc Willoughby’s bar will notice a fairly straightforward message on their bill leading up to the provincial election.

“Oct. 24 vote that f * cker out !! “

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<p dir=While owner Dave Willoughby admits the tagline is a bit rude, he says it symbolizes the plight of his industry.

“We closed for months and followed every new restriction until departure, but we are not rewarded,” said Willoughby.

“It’s a cry for help in some ways after another blow to an industry that just can’t take much more.”

On September 8, British Columbia health officials put in place new restrictions that banned 10 p.m. drinking in all bars across the province in an effort to stop the growing spread of COVID-19.

However, Willoughby says these new restrictions are misguided and created a double standard.

“It is particularly hurtful that alcohol can be sold from 7 am to 11 pm in government liquor stores,” he said.

“Every night we have people leaving our bar at 10pm and heading to a liquor store, then to someone where there is no contact to keep drinking.

Health officials in Quebec recently introduced similar restrictions, but only in areas of the province hardest hit by the second wave of COVID-19, such as Montreal and Quebec.

Meanwhile, there have been only 15 new cases identified in the interior health region in the past two weeks, compared to more than 1,000 in the health regions of the Vancouver coast and the Fraser Valley.

“Regional targeting and restrictions can work, but this government doesn’t want to do it,” added Willoughby.

Dr. Bonnie Henry argued that the provincial government is not involved in the decision made by health officials.

However, Willoughby believes the BC Liberals would be more pro-small business if they were in power.

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