Disappointment, anger, confusion over new COVID-19 restrictions on indoor activities

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Disappointment, anger, confusion over new COVID-19 restrictions on indoor activities


British Columbia’s restaurants, church groups and group gyms are moving from opening to closing of some services and activities until April 19 after the province’s health officials announced new restrictions for stop the increase in COVID-19 infections.
Provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry said on Monday the province recorded 2,518 new cases of COVID-19 in the past three days, with a record 936 on Saturday.

To combat this growth, B.C.’s struggling restaurant industry is banned from serving food and drink indoors to customers, but customers are allowed to purchase take-out and dinner on the patios.

The B.C. government says breweries that serve appetizers and snacks – but not full meals – will have to shut down entirely unless the company arranges for the food to be consumed on a patio through partnerships with food trucks or restaurants.

No warning given

Main Street Brewing co-owner in Vancouver, Cameron Forsyth, said he was “numb” after hearing the news.

Forsyth said he understands changes need to be made due to the increase in COVID-19 infections, but he’s disappointed that a warning has not been given to businesses.

“My first reaction was that letting us know on closing day just doesn’t work for anyone. We have spoiled food, we have people, ”Forsyth said.

Jambo Grill owner Nash Mawani believed his restaurant had survived the worst of the pandemic after spending the past nine months trying to recover financially from the province’s first round of closures last year.

“We’re not going to make any money, but we’re going to maintain the service. I don’t mind going through this as long as we are safe, ”Mawani said.

Indoor group fitness for adults is also temporarily banned under the new restrictions, but gyms and fitness centers are allowed to operate and offer individual personal training.

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort Closure

Provincial health officials also announced on Monday that the resort town of Whistler Blackcomb will be closed until April 19 to limit the spread of the community after a spike in infections after spring break and growing concerns over unauthorized travel. essential.

The British Columbia government has ordered the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort to close until April 19 to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus as the number of infections rises. (Eric Foss / CBC)

“Today’s order from the Province of British Columbia to shut down Whistler Blackcomb came as a surprise and we are respecting the decision and taking immediate action to comply,” Resort CEO Geoff Buchheister said in a statement. communicated.

Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton said the community should follow the advice of health officials.

“While this is extremely devastating and sad, our community must continue to focus on slowing the spread of COVID and moving to the other side of this pandemic. Crompton said.

Crompton explained that the resort community will need continued financial assistance from the provincial and federal governments as the restrictions will keep tourists away.

Inner church services backtracked

Meanwhile, some religious leaders are baffled by messages from provincial health officials, and others angry, after a gap introduced last Thursday to allow limited indoor gatherings of 50 people or fewer over the next six weeks has been suspended.

Father Pablo Santa Maria of Holy Rosary Cathedral in downtown Vancouver said the church has spent several hours organizing upcoming religious events, including Good Friday.

“For us disappointment and anger, because, I mean, we have already started to prepare,” said the priest.

“We were adding services and preparing volunteers and staff so that we could be open during those days and do it safely,” he said.

Administrator Haroon Khan of the Al Jamia Masjid Mosque in Vancouver said he was in favor of the suspension of indoor activities being implemented in the same way for church services and businesses.

“It’s disappointing, but at the same time, we don’t want to endanger anyone. It’s a circuit breaker, so to speak, that they’re trying to put in place at all levels, which would affect restaurants and other places of gathering and gathering as well as places of worship. ”



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