Bad Tattoo Brewing posted on its Facebook page that starting Saturday, September 25, it will begin checking the customer’s proof of vaccination for the catering service.
“I sincerely apologize to everyone,” wrote owner Lee Agur.
Agur posted the day before that the restaurant was in the process of transitioning to a counter-service and take-out-only model, but appears to have turned around again.
“I was trying to be inclusive and create a safe space for everyone to enjoy because that’s what the hospitality industry is, so we went to counter service only like fast food establishments , cafes, food courts and cafeterias that many people currently feel safe and do not need a vaccination passport. “
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“We are all concerned, vaccinated or not. Many are losing compassion, empathy, understanding and patience, our country is very divided, and more tragedies are going in the wrong direction.
Agur also said he would step down from the management of Bad Tattoo “for a while” and allow the restaurant to resume normal service.
Agur sent a statement to the media on August 26, two weeks ahead of the implementation of British Columbia’s new vaccine mandate for non-essential businesses, saying the restaurant would not comply.
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“Passports for vaccines are unconstitutional. By applying something like the vaccine passport, my business risks breaking the law and we could be sued, ”Agur said.
Global Okanagan contacted the Interior Health Authority (IHA) to determine whether the company was threatened with fines for non-compliance.
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While most qualifying businesses in British Columbia apply proof of customer vaccination, a handful remain defiant, claiming the mandate is discriminatory.
British Columbia Premier John Horgan said Thursday he was disappointed with the actions of some business owners, but didn’t believe “wiggling his fingers” was the answer.
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“What we need to do is remind these companies that 3.1 million British Columbians are a huge chunk of the market,” Horgan said of the number of British Columbians vaccinated.
“For those who want to bend the rules, either by ignoring the passport as a provider of non-essential services, there will be consequences for this, but in terms of enforcement, we were working with communities and health authorities and regions. to find the best way to do it.
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Horgan said the provincial government is not taking a blunt approach and would prefer “common sense” to prevail.
The vaccination card went into effect on September 13, as the province aims to reduce cases and hospitalizations during the fourth wave of the pandemic.
Anyone aged 12 and over who wishes to access a range of non-essential domestic services must show proof of at least one dose of the vaccine, with a second injection required by October 24.
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The digital or paper vaccination card is required in contexts such as paid sporting events, concerts, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, casinos, gyms and cinemas.
The card is not required at grocery and liquor stores, drug stores, fast-food restaurants, salons, hotels, banks, retail stores, food banks and shelters.
The vaccination card, which will be in place at least until Jan.31, is a way for the province to keep the economy open and avoid the more stringent lockdowns and closures enacted earlier in the year.
According to data released by the BC Center for Disease Control, vaccination rates in Penticton and Summerland are 85 to 87 percent.
On Friday, 87.5% of eligible people aged 12 and over in British Columbia received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 80% received their second dose.
There are 5,979 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 174,281 people who tested positive have recovered.
Among the active cases, 319 people are hospitalized and 149 in intensive care.
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