BC’s ban on indoor dining is expected to be extended into mid-May, according to BC Restaurant & Food Services Association (BCRFA).
A letter sent from BCRFA to its members states the province-wide health order restricting in-person indoor dining that was set to expire on April 19th will likely be extended throughout May.
“Our conversation has indicated that the current PHO order restricting in-restaurant dining will be extended beyond April 19th through to May,” the letter said.
The order, which came into effect on March 30th, was put in place following a spike in new cases which has now been deemed the third wave.
“This is a result of the continued high number of daily cases and the Province’s goal to have restrictions in place that avoid socialization and gathering indoors, for now,” read the BCRFA statement.
Restaurants, bars and pubs, all food and liquor-serving premises will still be able to provide take-out or delivery service. Dine-in service will likely remain prohibited, except for outdoor patios.
People dining on patios should do so with their immediate household or core bubble.
There remains some confusion around patios which was addressed in the statement, something the BCRFA says will be better outlined in a new patio guidelines document to be circulated around the community soon.
To help the restaurant industry out on southern Vancouver Island, Victoria Buzz compiled a running list of restaurants offering patio service.