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Chamber responds to easing of restrictions

VERNON – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce welcomes adjustments to provincial health orders that will allow businesses and non-profits to operate and the economy to rebuild.

The B.C. government has announced the lifting of restrictions on organized gatherings and events, nightclubs, restaurants, fitness centres, tournaments and adult sports activities as of Feb. 16 at 11:59 p.m. Capacity limits will return to normal.

“This is extremely positive news as it allows business owners and non-profits to ramp up operations and to continue to be the backbone of our economy and community,” said Robin Cardew, Greater Vernon Chamber president.

The details announced by the government beginning Feb. 16 at 11:59 p.m. include:

  • Full capacity for:
    • Indoor and outdoor organized events
    • Indoor events at venues
    • Fitness, adult sports, tournaments and swimming pools
  • Full capacity and adjusted restrictions in restaurants, pubs and nightclubs:
    • No limits on table size
    • Normal liquor service hours
    • Customers don't have to stay seated
    • Dancing permitted when a mask is worn
“With most restrictions lifted, hiring staff, increasing hours and purchasing inventory could place a strain on businesses that have experienced disrupted revenue streams for two years. As a result, the government needs to ensure stability through ongoing financial assistance to businesses,” said Cardew.

The B.C. Vaccine Card and indoor masking remain for organized gatherings, restaurants, fitness centres and nightclubs, dance and adult sports.

“We understand that there is a level of frustration around masks and vaccine passports but residents need to be respectful of business owners and their staff. They are our friends and neighbours. We have come so far, let us keep being attentive to our own safety while respecting others and keep being positive while continuing to do the right thing,” said Cardew.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:    
Dan Proulx, General Manager   
Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce
P: 250-545-0771              E: manager@vernonchamber.ca