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Vancouver City Councillor suggests restaurants more impacted by indoor dining ban over travel restrictions

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — One of Vancouver’s key advocates for restaurants on city council says she’s less concerned about the new provincial travel restrictions and more worried about the extended indoor dining restrictions from the province because of the dull weather in store for the city this week.

Sarah Kirby-Yung says Vancouver council is trying to take steps to make it easier for restaurants to ‘weather the storm’ by looking into killing all patio fees through the remainder of the year.

“[We’re] looking to provide some relief, at least to the restaurant sector that way.”

However, this week, Kirby-Yung says she’s worried for the local eateries.

“If you look at this week coming up, we had a gorgeous week. Last week, it was sunny. It was patio weather. So those extended patios are a lifeline to restaurants,” she says. “But it’s pretty cold and rainy this week. So that means essentially, that they’re not getting any customers coming in unless they can do takeout.”