A restaurant in central Kelowna has been ordered to close its doors by Interior Health to defy BC’s system of evidence of vaccination.
Interior Health (IHA) delivered the orders Thursday to Renegade Kitchen and Craft Bar on Leon Avenue. The restaurant also had its liquor license suspended.
In an email to Global News, the health organization said it “can confirm that an order was issued on Thursday in which Renegade Kitchen and Craft Bar orders to suspend all food and spirits service immediately if it does not comply with local food. and liquor service orders – specifically not to verify vaccination evidence. ”
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Interior Health also said, “the investigation took place after public health received a series of complaints that this company did not check evidence of immunization.”
“It is important to emphasize that the provincial food and beverage order on the premises is in place to protect patrons and staff at restaurants and bars and reduce the risk of further COVID-19 exposures in the wider community.”
The messages from Interior Health on the restaurant’s front doors indicated the owners. They did not respond to Global News requests for an interview.
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However, one of the owners posted a post on the Facebook group “BC Businesses against Health Pass” on 9 September.
That post said, “we have decided that we will remain open to all,” in the hope that the restaurant’s stance can encourage other restaurant owners to defy BC’s system of evidence of vaccination.
Interior Health’s suspension remains in effect until a compliance plan has been submitted and reviewed by the health authority.
The IHA has also warned that further action could be taken if the restaurant does not comply with the closure order.
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