COVID-19: When will indoor dining resume in British Columbia restaurants?
Public health orders for food service in British Columbia were changed at the end of March.
Indoor dining at restaurants will eventually pick up in British Columbia, but health officials aren’t recommending that you plan on dining inside anytime soon.
Provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry told reporters at the daily coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing on Monday May 10 that indoor meals would resume in the future – but it is still too early to indicate when this will happen.
As the number of new daily cases of the virus has declined over the past two weeks, Henry said infection rates are still too high and more people need to be vaccinated before health officials consider relax restrictions.
Vancouver Coastal Health last week extended COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all health authority hotel and restaurant workers.
In an update emailed to members on Thursday, May 6, the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association (BCRFA) said it had received confirmation that the reception staff in the VCH region were part of this group and could now make an appointment to receive a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine “regardless of age”. This eligibility has been extended to workers in Whistler, Squamish, Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Richmond, the association added.
Increased vaccine eligibility welcomed by BC restaurant workers
The vaccination announcement was well received by frontline workers in the area and Henry noted that the vaccines will provide life-saving protection to these workers. She added that the program will also allow the province to potentially lift restaurant restrictions, but that it was too early to consider opening anytime soon.
“We’ll talk more about when the restrictions we put in place will be lifted and what that will look like in the weeks and months to come, but we’re not quite there yet,” he said. she declared.
Henry also mentioned that indoor dining is important to restaurants and provides an “important safe place when prices are low in our community.”
Public health orders for food service in British Columbia were amended in late March to implement the restriction on indoor dining as part of a series of “circuit breaker” measures.
Current restrictions on indoor dining at BC restaurants will expire after the May long weekend. However, they were also extended on April 19, when they were previously scheduled to expire.
With files from Megan Lalonde and Lindsay William-Ross.