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You can still party late into the night at certain locations in B.C.

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September 16, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Last week’s shut down of nightclubs and banquet halls as well as cutting off of liquor sales in bars and restaurants at 10 p.m. doesn’t apply to all venues in B.C.

The new rules were put in place by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Sept. 8 as the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise with poor decision-making while drinking late at night.

But hotels offering meeting rooms and banquet spaces for weddings or other events say they aren't covered by that order.

READ MORE: Nightclubs and banquet halls ordered closed as B.C. health officials report 429 new COVID-19 cases

“Hotel banquets do not fall under this new order – only stand-alone banquet halls, which include community halls or similar entities,” states an update sent to members by the B.C. Hotel Association yesterday, Sept. 14. “The restrictions outlining beverage consumption also do not apply to hotels and ‘dancing music’ is still permitted.”

The update notes that Dr. Henry’s new rules have triggered confusion among members “at a time when they are scrambling to pay bills, keep people working and do their best to survive leading into the autumn season.”

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