Tue. May 17th, 2022

A British Columbia restaurant that publicly defied the province’s COVID-19 vaccine pass system has lost its business license for six months.

The District of Hope confirmed that bylaws officers had served the suspension to Rolly’s Restaurant on Thursday for non-compliance with the BC vaccine card rules.

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District of Hope CEO John Fortoloczky said that if the restaurant continued to operate, it would be fined $ 100 for each day it was open.

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This punishment would be independent of any enforcement measures taken by Fraser Health or the provincial government, he said.

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“This should send a message. People are doing the right thing and they are tired of those who are not, ”said Secretary of Public Safety Mike Farnworth.

Farnworth said the restaurant also had its liquor license suspended and was given a provincial fine and would break the law if it remained open.

“If they continue to operate, Fraser Health has the ability to seek an injunction, and at the same time, they could also be subject to additional and significantly expensive sanctions.”

Global News has requested comments from Fraser Health.

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The order did not appear to have deterred the restaurant, and a person who answered the phone in the restaurant and identified himself as Marlene said it was “business as usual” at the eatery because the situation “was just ridiculous” and that the situation acted not about health.

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Under the BC Vaccine Card Rules, people gaining access to a range of non-essential services, including pubs and restaurants, indoor sporting events, movies and concerts, must show proof of immunization.

Earlier this week, the province said it has issued three fines in the three weeks since the vaccine card went into effect, prioritizing education over enforcement.

However, companies that defy the requirements can be fined up to $ 2,300 under the Public Health Act.

Farnworth said investigations were underway at several other companies that have defied the vaccine card.

As of Thursday, 82.1 percent of eligible British Colombians had been fully immunized against COVID-19.

Over the past week, just over a quarter of British Colombians who were not fully vaccinated accounted for seven out of 10 COVID-19 cases, while over the past two weeks they represented 78.3 percent of admissions.

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