New regulations for food and liquor establishments

Retail liquor and food establishments can now re-open to sit-in patrons - but with new guidelines from the province of British Columbia.

The province announced Friday that food establishments that take reservations, now must collect the first and last name and telephone number or email address of one member of every party of patrons and retain this information for thirty days, in the event that there is a need for contact tracing on the part of the medical health officer.

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Additional regulations announced Friday include –

  • patrons must be able to maintain a distance of two metres from one another, unless they are in the same party, and from staff;
  • if there are tables and chairs on your premises, patrons must be seated in such a way that there are two metres between the patrons seated at the same table, unless they are in the same party,
  • there are two metres between the patrons seated at one table and the patrons seated at another table, unless they are in the same party;
  • there must be no more than six patrons seated at a table;
  • patrons seated at a counter must be seated so that they can maintain a distance of two metres from other patrons, unless they are in the same party;
  • patrons standing at a counter or table must be able to maintain a distance of two metres from other patrons, unless they are in the same party;
  • there must be no more than 50% of the usual capacity of patrons present at one time;

Other regulations include no events held at the establishment that include more than 50 people.

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