As of this writing, the BC Government is holding a press conference at which it is expected to announce a freeze on indoor restaurant dining, for the first time in many months.
At time of writing, BC craft beer industry members have been advised that this will affect tasting rooms (although it’s not yet confirmed whether on-premises retail sales will be impacted).
UPDATE from BC’s Alliance of Beverage Licensees (ABLE BC):
- Indoor food and drink service at all liquor and food primaries is being prohibited as of midnight tonight.
- Liquor and food primaries will be restricted to patio service, takeout, and delivery.
- Fitness centres and gyms are restricted to only be used if supervised by a staff person or personal trainer. I.e., one-to-one supervision only allowed.
- Indoor worship services are suspended. Outdoor worship services allowed under the current variance may continue.
- Whistler Blackcomb mountain will be closed through to April 19, 2021
VANCOUVER — As COVID-19 cases surge in B.C., CTV News has learned the government is planning to temporarily halt indoor dining at restaurants for several weeks.
Sources say the new rule will take effect at midnight Monday and remain in place until April 19. Patio dining and takeout will still be allowed.
The provincial government has not announced the new restriction, but Premier John Horgan, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix are scheduled to appear together at an afternoon announcement.