Yes, patios must also close under coronavirus measures: City of Vancouver

Some Vancouver bars and restaurants have had to be reminded that the closure of dine-in operations due to the coronavirus pandemic means patios also have to be closed to guests.

The City of Vancouver said bylaw officers visited 600 food service businesses Saturday to ensure they were complying with both municipal and provincial guidelines to shift to take-out or delivery only.

Of those, 10 were found to be violating the orders — most of them seemingly unaware that closing patios was also part of the deal.

“The vast majority of non-compliant locations were unaware that the order included outside dining at facilities,” a city spokesperson said in an email.

Those businesses were given a warning and bylaw officers educated the owners and staff on the guidelines. The spokesperson would not give the names of those locations.

On Friday, Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry both issued directives to bars and restaurants to stop seating diners and to only allow take-out and delivery.

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