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City of Vancouver rescinding emergency order to shut down restaurant table service

FILE - Vancouver City Hall (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — As B.C. works through the next stage of reopening the province, the City of Vancouver is rescinding the order issued two months ago that shut down all restaurant table service.

On March 19, the council passed a bylaw allowing the city to issue emergency orders. Under that authority, the city’s manager issued an order that stopped customers from eating inside licensed restaurants.

City Manager Sadhu Johnston also issued an order “prohibiting customers from eating inside licensed premises and limiting the number of customers in any place to no more than 10 people,” according to a release Tuesday.

Meantime the city will also begin accepting applications for temporary patio permits, which should be happening in the next two weeks.

And to support businesses, city staff will work with the Business Improvement Associations to “identify public spaces, including sidewalks and parking, that can be re-purposed to support local businesses.”

The City of Vancouver has also established the COVID-19 Business Communications and Support Office, “In an effort to assist the businesses community.”

“The office is a single point of contact for Vancouver’s local business owners to get information from the City of Vancouver regarding business support programs, to learn what City-run business services are currently available, and to make suggestions to the City concerning business and the economy,” the release reads.