COVID-19 - Guidance for Outside Dining Spaces

 

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Guidance for Outside Dining Spaces
Based on the Provincial Health Officer’s Order to Food and Liquor Serving Premises
Version 1, April 23, 2021
This is supplementary information to the Guidance for Food and Liquor Servicing Premises document. This guidance is based on known evidence as of April 21, 2021. All indoor dining services must cease through May 24, 2021. Food or drink service outside, including on a patio, may continue subject to Order conditions. Province-wide restrictions (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/o...) reflect current guidance and restrictions with links to Provincial Health Officer Orders.
Purpose of the guidance
This guidance provides information on ways to comply with the Provincial Health Officer’s Order on Food and Liquor Serving Premises, specifically the requirements for providing outside food and drink services (e.g., on a patio). As an owner or operator, this guidance will support you when preparing or amending your COVID-19 Safety Plan and outside dining set up.
We are seeing high rates of transmission of COVID-19, and closure of indoor dining is one of many controls put in place in BC to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. At this time, patios are seen as a way to enable on-site dining, if the patios meet airflow, capacity and other requirements to reduce transmission risk to patrons and staff.
Pay special attention to the occupancy and physical distancing requirements stated in sections 13 to 15 and 17 of the Food and Liquor Serving Premises Order to avoid crowding on patios. These sections state:
Section 13: A patron must be seated 2 metres apart from other patrons, unless there is a physical barrier (e.g., a wall or screen) separating those patrons or if the patrons are in the same party or group.
Section 14: At most six patrons can be seated at a table, even if those patrons are in the same party or group.
Section 15: The backs of the seats between tables must be at least 2 metres apart from one another, even if a party or group is sitting at more than one table, unless the tables are separated by a physical barrier (e.g., a wall or screen).
Section 17: The operator must know the maximum number of patrons who can be on a patio at one time and must write this number down in the COVID-19 Safety Plan. The operator must calculate this using the physical distancing required in sections 13-15.

Guidance for Outside Dining Spaces - BC Ministry of Health

Based on the Provincial Health Officer’s Order to Food and Liquor Serving PremisesVersion 1, April 23, 2021

This is supplementary information to the Guidance for Food and Liquor Servicing Premises document. This guidance is based on known evidence as of April 21, 2021. All indoor dining services must cease through May 24, 2021. Food or drink service outside, including on a patio, may continue subject to Order conditions. Province-wide restrictions

(https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/o...) reflect current guidance and restrictions with links to Provincial Health Officer Orders.

Purpose of the guidance

This guidance provides information on ways to comply with the Provincial Health Officer’s Order on Food and Liquor Serving Premises, specifically the requirements for providing outside food and drink services (e.g., on a patio). As an owner or operator, this guidance will support you when preparing or amending your COVID-19 Safety Plan and outside dining set up.

We are seeing high rates of transmission of COVID-19, and closure of indoor dining is one of many controls put in place in BC to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. At this time, patios are seen as a way to enable on-site dining, if the patios meet airflow, capacity and other requirements to reduce transmission risk to patrons and staff.

Pay special attention to the occupancy and physical distancing requirements stated in sections 13 to 15 and 17 of the Food and Liquor Serving Premises Order to avoid crowding on patios.  These sections state:

Section 13: A patron must be seated 2 metres apart from other patrons, unless there is a physical barrier (e.g., a wall or screen) separating those patrons or if the patrons are in the same party or group.

Section 14: At most six patrons can be seated at a table, even if those patrons are in the same party or group.

Section 15: The backs of the seats between tables must be at least 2 metres apart from one another, even if a party or group is sitting at more than one table, unless the tables are separated by a physical barrier (e.g., a wall or screen).

Section 17: The operator must know the maximum number of patrons who can be on a patio at one time and must write this number down in the COVID-19 Safety Plan. The operator must calculate this using the physical distancing required in sections 13-15.