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Worries about the coronavirus is scaring away business from some Metro Vancouver restaurants, especially those in Richmond, BC.
Feb 13, 2020 - EightSix Staff
Despite the fact that there are only four known cases in BC, worries about the spread of coronavirus is being felt by BC restaurants as customers choose to stay home.
Restaurants in Richmond, BC, home to many people from different parts of China, are being particularly impacted. Typically, larger groups of families and friends dining together would have restaurants buzzing this time of year, but with would-be customers observing suggested periods of self-quarantine due to their recent travels to China, business has slowed. And it is the larger restaurants that rely on big parties and events that are being impacted the hardest, with bookings as far away as May being cancelled.
Slumping sales and reduced labour needs has led to fewer shifts for staff and less hiring overall in the region, compounding the issue.
The move will allow establishments to increase their capacity while maintaining physical distance between patrons.
Premier Doug Ford announced today that restaurants in the City of Toronto and Peel region may open June 24
The BC government has just approved new wholesale pricing to allow restaurants and bars to purchase alcohol at reduced cost.