Find out about changes to the law to simplify business operation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Latest Update (September 8th, 2020): Provincial Health Officer Announces New Restrictions for Pubs, Restaurants, and Night Clubs
In response to rising COVID-19 cases, the Provincial Health Officer announced a range of measures for the food and drink industry:
- All night clubs and stand alone banquet facilities to close immediately
- All bars, pubs, and restaurants to stop selling alcohol after 10pm
- All bars, pubs and restaurants to close by 11pm
- Music and background sounds (DJs, TVs, etc) must be no louder than normal conversation level
Read the latest Provincial Health Officer orders:
Latest Update (July 23rd, 2020): Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, released a revised Public Health Order for all licensed premises in British Columbia
The order applies to all bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Key changes are listed below. This order repeals and replaces the PHO order made on June 19, 2020.
- All patrons will be required to remain seated at an assigned table, booth or counter
- Patrons who are not in the same party must be seated two metres apart unless separated by a physical barrier
- There must be no more than six patrons seated at a table or booth, even if they belong to the same party
- Liquor may only be served to patrons who are seated and there will be no self-service (no walking to the bar to get a drink)
- Dance floors must remain closed with physical barriers or occupied with tables
- Patrons must not sing or dance on the premises.
Temporary Expedited Patio Program (TEPP)
From June 1st to October 31st, 2020, Vancouver businesses can set up free temporary patios in front of or beside their business in an on-street parking space or on the sidewalk.