BC Public Health Order Update – October 30

On October 30,  the Provincial Health Officer released a new public order for Gatherings and Events. We have outlined the changes affecting our industry below including a new restriction on dancing and karaoke, which were previously permitted at hotel events.

As we approach the holiday season, we urge you to familiarize yourself with the details of the new order to ensure proper protocols are in place for the safety of employees and guests. 

The order is addressed to:

  • Owners and operators of banquet halls and vacation accommodation
  • Occupants of vacation accommodation and guests
  • Owners and occupants of private residences and guests
  • Owners and operators of places, including premises subject to the Food and Liquor Serving Premises order
  • Persons who organize and attend events
  • Medical health officers

Changes in the new Gatherings and Events order include:

  • Confirms Dr. Henry’s oral order of October 26, which limited social gatherings in private residences to 6 plus the occupants. Note that for consistency the number of people allowed in a vacation accommodation for an event, in addition to the occupants, is increased from 5 to 6.
  • Clarifies that gatherings preceding or following an event are also an event, and requires that people must disperse after an event to avoid this problem.
  • Dis-applied the order to court sittings, as these are sometimes held in recreations centre halls, hotel meeting rooms, and other places.
  • Clarified that classes or practices in recreation centres, pools or fitness facilities are not events.
  • Dancing and Karaoke is now not allowed at any event (previously was allowed at events that were not happening in food and liquor serving premises).
  • The requirement for one-hour cleaning between events has been changed to be outcome oriented, based on ensuring adequate time to clean and ventilate, ensure people disperse after an event, and ensure that there is no mixing between groups of people coming and leaving an event.

For more information, please read the Gatherings and Events order.

Food and Liquor Serving Premises

The last public order for food and Liquor Serving Premises was released on October 9, 2020. Download it here.

Since the release of this public order ceasing liquor sales at 10:00 pm, ABLE BC has been actively working with the Provincial Health Officer and her senior staff to try and find a path forward and get the order amended.

Regrettably, there will not be any change at this time to the hours of liquor sale at food and liquor serving premises. Nightclubs are still not permitted to reopen.

Rising Tide Consultants is here to help you navigate through this time – please contact us.

Download the order here.

(reprinted from BC Hotel Association)