|The Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce has|
outlined its concerns over ongoing restaurant restrictions with
a letter to the Health Minister Adrian Dix
Health Minister Adrian Dix's email listings today will feature a dispatch from the North Coast, the correspondence one from the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce seeking a little relief from the Health Orders surrounding restaurant dining.
The Chamber's notes include a look at some of the hardships being faced by the local restaurant industry, with Gurney relaying that four restaurants in the city have closed their doors having experienced a catastrophic loss of revenues, noting that they await a relaxation of the restrictions.
The Chamber President is not asking for a return to an open environment; but rather the ability to return to the original indoor dining measures of safe social distancing and other precautions that existed before the doors were ordered closed to indoor dining.
Three key considerations are offered up from the local view as to why Prince Rupert is seeking a relaxation of current measures, among them the challenges that Prince Rupert's ever changing weather can provide for outdoor dining experiences.(1) The whole-community vaccination clinics organized by Northern Health from March 14 –21, 2021 have resulted in a dramatically-diminished regional COVID-19 case count. Only one conﬁrmed case was reported by the BC Centre for Disease Control in the period from May 2 –8. It stands to reason that if a vaccination program can be administered on a regional level (with corresponding tangible beneﬁts), then restrictions should be adjusted in commensurate fashion — that is, on a regional basis, and in proportion to public health risks.