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Restaurant association understanding of B.C.'s indoor dining ban, not pushing for regional restrictions

Last Updated Apr 24, 2021 at 11:30 am PDT

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It's still more than four weeks until you can eat inside of restaurants in B.C. again

Some say it's unfair the rules are the same in the Lower Mainland and in remote communities

But Ian Tostenson with the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association says he's not calling for regional restrictions

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — While some restaurants in remote communities may prefer indoor dining restrictions to be region-based, the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association says it’s not going to question the provincial health officer.

Restaurants in BC are closed for indoor dining until May 25, with Ian Tostenson saying while it may be difficult for some eateries in the province, “I think it’s easier to just get it done.”

“There’s been a lot of talk about regionalization … and I think we just have to rely on what Dr. [Bonnie] Henry and staff are seeing in terms of transmissions,” he says.

“I think what she’s trying to say is, ‘let’s just call it right across the province right now and if we can do this, and you know we should be hopefully back by June.'”

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Tostenson adds, the province hasn’t shown much interest in creating regional-based restrictions but he believes health authorities are making that decision to prevent any spread to communities that may not be hit as hard as hot spots in the Lower Mainland.

“Hopefully, we’ve made a big difference here, and then we can start to rebuild and resume and head towards a new normal.”