NOKTogether | Changes to regulations for restaurants

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, has issued a new public health order June 11 that is effective immediately for restaurants.

The order removes the 50 per cent capacity and allows operators to determine their capacity based on the ability to physically distance staff and patrons by two metres.

“This will support the work we accomplished on patio extensions, those restaurants who are expanding their patios will now be able to come closer to their licensed capacity numbers with the use of a larger patio while still abiding by social distancing requirements,” states the B.C. Restaurant and Foodservices Association.

The order officially legislates the use of plexiglass partitions to create separation: provided that they are washable, rigid and impermeable. They can be floor, table or counter mounted or hung from the ceiling. 

Buffets/Self service are now allowed to open with certain regulations. Hand-sanitizing must be available before any self-service stations.

Limits re-confirmed for:

Events – no more than 50 people. Added: people leaving cannot be replaced with new people. 

Table limit – Six people maximum at a table or booth. You can review the full order issued June 11 by the Provincial Health Officer by going to

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