Hope restaurant closes as Fraser Health seeks injunction

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A Hope restaurant that has flouted COVID-19 health regulations for more than a month was closed on Wednesday, but it’s unclear for how long.

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Rolly’s restaurant closed two days after the Fraser Health Authority filed for an injunction to shut down the court if it did not verify the immunization status of customers. The restaurant had also seen its business license suspended.

“Until today, Rolly’s restaurant has continued to operate despite its business license having been suspended,” said Donna Bellingham, director of business services for the Hope District, said Wednesday. “Today they have not opened, but we have not received any notification from them to indicate that this is a closure that will continue. That said, law enforcement will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis. “

The owners of the restaurant could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for Fraser Health said in an email that the injunction request was heard by the court on Wednesday, but could not say whether a decision had been made by the judge.

In September, in response to the increase in the number of COVIDs, provincial health officials ordered that in order for people to participate in certain non-essential activities, such as eating out, they would have to provide proof of COVID vaccination.

Days after the order went into effect, a Hope municipal officer received a complaint that the restaurant was not checking for proof of vaccination, according to an opinion filed with the BC Supreme Court by the Fraser Health Authority October 18.

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When a law enforcement officer visited the restaurant, it was clear that restaurant staff were not confirming proof of vaccination and one of the co-owners indicated that they would not, says the trial.

Over the following weeks, the restaurant continued to disobey the sanitary order and received a number of tickets of $ 345, according to the statement.

On October 7, health authorities issued an order to close the restaurant, an order that went unheeded, according to the lawsuit.

The Hope District suspended the restaurant’s business license the same day.

Fraser Health’s injunction seeks an order closing the restaurant and giving police the power to arrest or remove from the restaurant anyone suspected of having violated the order.

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