Health officials closed the Kelowna restaurant for refusing to check vaccine passports

Interior Health has closed a restaurant in Kelowna, BC, for failing to comply with the province’s vaccine mandate.

Renegade Kitchen and Craft Bar has publicly stated that it would not check vaccine status as required by the province’s health orders.

Documents wallpaper for the restaurant’s windows outline weeks with demands from the health authority and the management’s refusal to comply.

“The investigation took place after public health received a series of complaints that this company did not check evidence of immunization,” Interior Health said in a written statement.

The restaurant may reopen when it provides a written compliance plan, including confirmation that the vaccine passport requirement will be enforced, the health authority said.

Interior Health says this is its first closure order filed due to pandemic mandate violations.

Documents wallpaper for the windows in Renegade Kitchen and Craft Bar describe weeks of demands from the health authority and the management’s refusal to follow the rules. (Anita Sthankiya / CBC)

A separate announcement from the BC Liquor Board informed the restaurant that its license has been suspended, pending approval from the inspector.

CBC News has contacted the restaurant for a comment.

Renegaden’s doors were locked on Friday.

Hope restaurant stays defiant

Meanwhile, Fraser Health suspended the business license for Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope on Thursday, for failing to examine evidence of vaccination.

The restaurant was still in operation Friday and was fined $ 100 by the District of Hope.

Rollys faces a $ 100 fine for each day it is open.

Fraser Health may have to seek a court order to force any closure.

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