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  • Update Thursday June 11, 2020 - BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association

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    We're here to lead the restaurant and foodservice industry through this COVID-19 crisis. Please visit our website for current updates.

    Updated- Order of the Provincial Health Office

    Dr. Bonnie Henry issued a new public health order this morning that is effective immediately. The order removes the 50% capacity and allows operators to determine their capacity based on the ability to physically distance staff and patrons by 2 m. 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.

    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 - 6 people max at a table or booth.

    This positive change is in direct response to the advocacy work of the Business Technical Advisory Panel, BCRFA and our industry partners ABLE and the BC Craft Brewers Guild.
    BCRFA greatly appreciates the ongoing work of the Provincial Health Officer, Attorney General David Eby, staff, and the LCRB to support our industry in this time of crisis.

    You can review the full order issued today by our Provincial Health Officer here: FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS AND LIQUOR SERVICE. JUNE 10, 2020

    Physical Distancing and Patio Extensions Explained

    This Friday, June 12, 2020 at 10:00AM the BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association and Alliance of Beverage Licensees (ABLE BC) are hosting a ZOOM webinar, for restaurants and licensees who are re-opening / have re-opened and have questions regarding physical distancing and temporary patio extensions.
    Format will be a 20 minute presentation and then an opportunity to ask questions.

    Pre-registration is not required, however space is limited to 300 participants. The session will also be recorded.
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 883 5734 7958

    Consumer Confidence Campaign

    We are looking for images and quotes from restauranteurs and Chefs.
    The BCRFA is pleased to be working with the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia on a consumer campaign. Below is one of the images that is being circulated through our social media channels, BCRFA, EatDrinkLocal, BCTastesBetter and ChefTableBC is sharing. Please send a high quality image and short quote along with name of your restaurant and who is in the image to to be included in this campaign.

    If you are not currently a member of the BCRFA and would like more information on becoming one, visit our website or email

    Visit our website for more information Please remember to tag our Facebook and our Instagram as you post updates about your business. We will post them, too.