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B.C. restaurants defying health orders called out for being 'selfish' and 'irresponsible'

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April 04, 2021 - 4:44 PM

B.C. restaurant owners that decided to defy Public Health Orders and allow indoor dining are being called out for "arrogant and irresponsible" behaviour.

"As an industry, we need to stand together. There is no place for this type of complete disregard for public safety and the rule of law," Ian Tostenson President and CEO of the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association in a statement.

“The actions of a few selfish, arrogant, and irresponsible restaurant owners do not in any way reflect the significant effort this industry has made to ensure public safety. As an industry, we have worked too hard to have a few restauranteurs taint our reputation by openly defying the Provincial Health Order.”

The BCRFA urged the immediate closure, fining and business license revocation of any business that elects to defy health orders.

It also asked the province for additional support for the thousands of responsible businesses and their thousands of employees to help them through these tough times.

The estimated loss to the industry over the next three weeks is pegged at $500 million.  These recent measures have resulted in wasted product and thousands of job layoffs across the province. Despite the financial loss this has caused, thousands of restaurants in British Columbia upheld their commitment to support the public health measures and complied with the closure notice.

The BCRFA said it appreciates all the support to date the government has provided around liquor delivery, liquor pricing, delivery fees, the recovery and technology grant programs.

The order was made Monday when case counts began to surge. This weekend, case counts surged and broke records, prompting a call to not travel.

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