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Restaurants and Bars in British Columbia - What you should know

Restaurants and Bars in British Columbia - What you should know

An updated order was published by BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr Bonnie Henry from June 19, 2020 with regards to owners and operators of premises including licensed premises of food services or drink services provided. These may include restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes and more.  There is a clear document stating how you may provide food or drink services which includes table, booth, and counter service with conditions to be fulfilled.

It has been made clear that patrons at your restaurant establishment must be able to maintain a distance of two metres from other patrons, whether they are seated or standing, unless they are in the same party of no more than six, or unless they are separated by physical plexiglass barriers.The plexiglass barriers acts as a rigid separation between two parties. 

We understand some restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes may have restricted space and therefore maintaining 2 metres distance between tables and booths may be a challenge. As a result, we have introduced a self standing physical plexiglass barrier which houses a clear 48” x 48” plexiglass shield. Click here to see it. Alternatively, if the ceiling at your restaurant, bars, pubs, cafes allows, hanging plexiglass sneeze guard can be utilized as well. 

It has also been noted the use of physical barriers can be used to separate patrons who are seated back to back at adjacent tables or booths. However, you must also monitor the number of patrons that are present on your premise to ensure it does not exceed the total maximum stated in your safety plan.

Physical plexiglass barriers, such as the countertop sneeze guard, hanging sneeze guard and the newly introduced metal self standing plexiglass barriers sneeze guards have been encouraged by WorksafeBC and BCCDC as part of your restart plan.

Here are some links you may find useful

*Our blog post is strictly to be used for quick information and should not be used for official reference. Please ensure you are in contact with your local health authority and government bodies to fully understand the clear guidelines and rules set forth of your business.