Vaccine Card Update Highlights Hospitality Safety Concerns

From ABLE BC

The Alliance of Beverage Licensees of British Columbia (ABLE BC) represents members who operate hospitality businesses around the province, including craft breweries, pubs and taprooms. This week, ABLE BC released a public bulletin updating its members about BC’s new vaccine card policy.

The bulletin addresses a topic of interest to many of those attending and supporting BC craft beer establishments, as well as other hospitality outlets: the potential for dramatic confrontations between front-of-house staff at these outlets and potential guests who feel inconvenienced by these rules, and/or fail to comply. The key paragraph contained within was (emphasis ours):

We also share your concerns about potential conflicts between front-of-house workers and customers who disagree with this requirement, and are working behind the scenes with government to ensure appropriate enforcement and stiff penalties are in place. We are also working with go2HR to expand their B-Safe training to include a new module on conflict de-escalation, which will be available in the coming weeks.

What’s Brewing would like to express its best wishes for the security of all those working in the #BCCraftBeer and beverage communities as they take on yet another challenging rules transition. Although most of the public supports these safety efforts, most of the public does not have to work in these front-of-house jobs and deal with occasional unpleasant repercussions from a portion of their alcohol-consuming clientele.

Here follows an excerpt from this week’s government update, followed by the organization’s comments. Full member update is available here →

UPDATE: BC Vaccine Card Details Announced

Dear ABLE BC members and industry colleagues,

This afternoon, Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced new details about British Columbia’s vaccine card.

The vaccine card program begins on Monday, September 13 requiring proof of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in order to enter restaurants, movies, ticketed sporting events and many other non-essential venues. As of October 24, those aged 12 and up will need to be fully vaccinated to access those same services and venues.

Comment from ABLE BC

Thank you for the questions and comments many of you have submitted on this complex and contentious issue. We greatly appreciate hearing your perspective, which we routinely convey to government decision makers. We also know how frustrated you are at once again having new restrictions placed on your businesses, especially after months of massive financial losses due to COVID-19.

Over the past two weeks, we have engaged directly with public health and government officials to get you the tools, support, and resources you need. We will offer updates as soon as they are available.

We also share your concerns about potential conflicts between front-of-house workers and customers who disagree with this requirement, and are working behind the scenes with government to ensure appropriate enforcement and stiff penalties are in place. We are also working with go2HR to expand their B-Safe training to include a new module on conflict de-escalation, which will be available in the coming weeks.

Rest assured we are doing everything we can to support you during this difficult time. As always, please feel free to reach out to Executive Director Jeff Guignard at [email protected] with any questions or feedback.

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