Restaurants and bars call for switch to Silver

A veritable assortment of local restaurants and bars have sent a blunt letter to Premier Sandy Silver about what they call the industry’s dire straits.

By Tim Gilck to February 11, 2022

A veritable assortment of local restaurants and bars have sent a blunt letter to Premier Sandy Silver about what they call the industry’s dire straits.

The letter, obtained by the Star, reads:

“Dear Premier Silver: A growing number of local businesses are at breaking point with current restrictions, and we ask your government to consider removing the measures currently in place. Measures directly impacting businesses are:

• Proof of vaccination;

• 2 m (or 6 ft) distance between tables;

•Shops close at 10 p.m.;

•No dancing or moving between tables;

•No bar or counter service;

•Two households, max of six people per table.

“With many businesses seeing their sales decline by 40-60% and a growing shortage of staff, quick action is needed to survive,” the letter said.

“A quick response this week would be appreciated. In the meantime, this group will continue discussions.

A host of companies signed the joint letter:

Big Bear Donair; Braeburn Pavilion; Casa Loma; Coal Mine Campground; Dirty North; drunken goat; Frozen dreams; Georgios Cuccina; Klondike ribs and salmon; Kopper King; Midnight Sun; coffee roaster; Pub Mile 1016; the minor’s daughter; picka-pepper; Pizza Hut; Billiards Porter Creek; Ricky; Six Mile River Resort; The Deli; The Java connection; The night market; Ridge; Tony’s; Whiskey Jack’s; Woodstreet Ramen; lumberjack blanket; and Hotel 98.

See the article on new business assistance initiatives in the News section.

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