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Nanaimo nightclub set to reopen doors Saturday despite backlash online

Last Updated Jun 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm PDT

(Courtesy facebook.com/clubkoncept/photo)

Nanaimo prepares to re-open its doors Saturday night as online backlash grows online

Co-owner of Koncept Night Club acknowledges the reopening announcement garnered a lot of attention on social media

But he says he has no problem ensuring social distancing measures are taking enforced

NANAIMO (NEWS 1130) — Online backlash is growing stronger as a club in Nanaimo plans to reopen Saturday night amid the COVID-19 outbreak in B.C.

Sebastian Barkovic is the co-owner of Koncept Nightclub and says ever since the club announced its reopening, he’s received hate mail and threats online.

He says despite the feedback, he will be welcoming guests back and ensuring social distancing measures are taken.

“The first thing we’re going to do is let everybody know a quick rundown of rules before they come in from outside. People have to have a little bit of self-responsibility. They have to know that when they’re going out, it’s not going to be the same,” he says. “They have to be just as willing to learn as we are to teach.”

Barkovic adds that while he is not necessarily concerned about implementing the measures since the rules are “very straightforward and very hygienic,” he is more worried about the community reaction.

“What I’m actually most concerned about is people that might come out and try and sabotage whatever we’re trying to do, based on the hatred online.”

Fifty people will be allowed at the club at one time, and customers must wash their hands before entering – but face masks are not mandatory.

The number of positive coronavirus cases remains low in the province. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Island has recorded a total of 197 cases while Vancouver Coastal has recorded 952 and Fraser Health Authority records 1,446.

-With files from Liza Yuzda