Coronavirus: Kelowna, BC Pub Owner Pulls Message on Receipts to ‘Vote For This After’

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The owner of a pub in Kelowna, British Columbia, withdrew a strong political statement printed on guest receipts, denouncing the province’s COVID-19 restrictions on the hospitality industry.Receipts from Doc Willoughby’s Pub read, “Vote October 24 that f… uh !!” followed by “24 oct.e go out and vote! Allows [sic] save our industry!

Owner Dave Willoughby deleted the post because he made his point. But he said the move was his last resort after failed attempts to pressure the government to ease restrictions on pubs, restaurants and bars.

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“It’s a crass way to get your point across,” he said.

“There have been a lot of restrictions placed on food and beverage establishments, and the industry has done a great job and I don’t think we’re being rewarded for that. In fact, we are being punished. “

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Earlier this month, a provincial public health ordinance was amended to say establishments cannot sell alcohol after 10 p.m. and must close before 11 p.m. unless full meal service continues. after an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

“It cut our sales in half, and they were already severely cut with the size and capacity restrictions, so I would say our sales are down 75 percent from normal,” Willoughby said.








Okanagan pub owners question new alcohol restrictions

Okanagan pub owners question new alcohol restrictions

The restrictions also exacerbate the problem of young people contracting and spreading the virus, he added.

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“I think it just encourages young people to go to liquor stores and move the party indoors in private, where there is no contact tracing and regulation.”

He acknowledged that Dr. Bonnie Henry, the province’s health administrator, is in the driver’s seat, but believes the BC Liberals would be more responsive to small business interests.

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He also pleaded for restrictions to be relaxed in areas that do not have a high number of cases.

In June, British Columbia Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson called on the government to lift region-specific economic and physical restrictions as some regions were hit harder by cases than others.

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Henry responded that she believed a provincial approach was more effective in preventing the spread of the virus.

There are 23 active cases of COVID-19 in the domestic health authority and one person in the hospital. The southern interior of British Columbia has recorded 531 cases since the start of the pandemic.

In comparison, there are about 415 active cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health area, including 32 people in hospital, and 800 active cases in Fraser Health with 31 current hospitalizations.

Global News reached out to the BC NDP, but the party declined to comment on Willoughby’s complaints.


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