VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The City of Vancouver has suspended the business licence of a local Tim Horton’s franchise for violating health orders amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Tim Hortons at 108 W Pender Street was found violating the provincial health orders limiting the number of people allowed in a restaurant leading to the suspension on Thursday. The suspension will last three days.
Tim Hortons spokesperson Meghan Giffin said in a statement there was an additional person exceeding the guidelines, so 11 people instead of 10 in the establishment.
“This is an unfortunate isolated incident in a very challenging neighbourhood. The restaurant owner works diligently to serve the guests who frequent her store who often have challenging social needs. The restaurant management worked with the bylaw officer to meet local standards – including adding taped boxes, as it was lines taped on the floor, for guests to stand in, as requested by the bylaw officer. She will also work to enforce the ten-person rule and will request police support as needed to help her enforce this,” she explained.
Property use inspectors have also checked more than 5,800 restaurants and 1,000 personal care facilities since March 20 to ensure public health orders are being followed to stop the spread of COVID-19.
.@cityofvancouver says it’s checked nearly 7,000 places for emergency order compliance. We have a suspension for the business licence of the Tim Hortons at 108 W Pender St. for violating the order – “the failure to comply is considered to be ‘gross misconduct.'”
— Ria Renouf (@riarenouf) March 27, 2020
People have been reaching out to the city through the 3-1-1 line which has taken in at least 80 complaints regarding businesses ignoring provincial orders. Most of the complaints were about restaurants while the rest were about personal services like salons, which have been ordered to close by the provincial health officer.
Violating the orders under the State of Emergency bylaw in Vancouver can lead to fines of up to $50,000.
The city has not issued any fines yet.
The provincial health officer has continued to stress the importance of practising social distancing to stem the spread of the virus. On Friday, Dr. Bonnie Henry noted social distancing appears to have slowed the transmission.
She explained the number of coronavirus cases was at 24 per cent a day, but that rate has fallen to 12 per cent