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About two dozen protesters gathered on Friday outside Rolly’s restaurant in Hope, BC, to support the eatery, which had withdrawn its business and liquor licenses to defy the province’s vaccine pass system this week.

“It’s not fair for them to shut this restaurant down,” said longtime Hope resident Donna Burns.

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“They are members of society, they live here. It is important for them to be here. It’s important to them, it’s important to us. ”

Some speakers pointed to the potential job loss a six-month shutdown would mean for society. Operators say about 40 people work at Rollys.

Others at the rally showed a more radical bend, claiming that vaccine passports were a path to tyranny or communism, and wore signs and shirts calling vaccination child abuse or responding to being unvaccinated to the situation of Jews in the Holocaust.

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Hope restaurant soldiers despite suspension of license to defy vaccine card

The owners of the restaurant came out to thank the crowd for their support, but declined an interview with Global News.

“I’m disappointed they went this route,” said District of Hope Mayor Peter Robb about Rollys Restaurant’s condition, adding that the vaccine issue “divided the city.”

“It is not good publicity for society. We still have a third of our community not vaccinated, and that worries me. ”

Vaccination rates have fallen not only in Hope but in the rest of the eastern Fraser Valley.

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Only 76 per cent of eligible people in Hope’s local health area have had their first dose and 79 per cent in Chilliwack – both well below the 88.6 per cent provincial average.

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The numbers are even worse for full immunization, with only 68 percent of residents in the Hope area having two doses and 72 percent in Chilliwack.

The same societies have the highest cases per. Resident of Fraser Health, where Chilliwack reports 39 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and Hope reports 29 per. 100,000.

In comparison, the rate per. 100,000 in Surrey nine, and Vancouver’s West Side is three.

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Restaurant Hope defies vaccine passport rules – September 17, 2021

“This is pretty much now a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Health Minister Adrian Dix told CKNW’s Simi Sara Show Friday.

“Age-adjusted, you are 53 times more likely to die if you are not vaccinated, 56 times more likely to be hospitalized.”

Enforcement against Rollys, he said, was now in Fraser Health’s hands.

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The restaurant has already been fined $ 2,300 for breaking a health care order in the province and faces a $ 100 fine per serving. Day from the District of Hope to operate without a business license.

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It could also face additional sanctions for operating without a liquor license, while Fraser Health could seek an injunction to force it to close.

Back at Rolly, however, supporters seemed ready to continue the fight, convinced they were on the right side of a David versus Goliath fight.

“We are being divided, we are being encouraged to fight against each other on social media,” protester Paul Allen told the audience.

“I’ve been denied services at breakfast places where it’s no different than Tim Horton’s, it’s no different than McDonald’s – how good is it for my health.”

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