October 28, 2020

Dear ABLE BC members and industry colleagues, 

We are now hearing clearly from Vancouver Island Health and other regional health authorities that food and liquor serving premises are not allowed to use self-serve lottery terminals.

A recent memo from Island Health states: “Patrons must remain seated except when using self-serve food or non-alcoholic beverage stations [in food and liquor serving premises] and there is no keno, lotto, pull tabs, jukebox, or table hopping” allowed. 

While this is consistent with the intention of the Provincial Health Officer public orders, we are working to get clarity on this issue now and will update you as soon as possible. 

Until then, it is our understanding that you cannot do things in your establishment like play darts or pool or have self-serve lottery terminals. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact ABLE BC: info@ablebc.ca

Industry Recommendation: Masks for Front-of-House Staff

During her October 26 address, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that she is “stepping up our recommendations and advice around wearing masks. It is now the expectation that people will wear a non-medical mask in public spaces,” she told reporters. “It is not an order, because this is something I know we support as part of our mutual responsibility to protect each other.”

We know and trust that operators are doing everything they can to keep patrons and staff safe. However, earlier this summer ABLE BC and our restaurant partners recommended that all members have their front of house staff wear masks or other PPE while serving and interacting with customers.

ABLE BC associate member BWI Business World sells two varieties of PPE approved PVC Plastic Face Shields.

Small Business BC’s PPE Marketplace also connects businesses with suppliers of non-medical PPE, plexiglass and signage.

Please understand you are not required to do this, but given Dr. Henry’s recent announcement and customer expectations, it is recommended. It is also vitally important that all operators are adhering to the public health order rules. 

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact ABLE BC: info@ablebc.ca.

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