Three Coal Area restaurants were closed due to illegal patio

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Citing an illegal patio, health inspectors have ordered the closure of two coal-area restaurants and the audit of another.

Alberta Health Services officials say patio configuration makes them indoor spaces that are not permitted under COVID-19 public health regulations.

Closing orders have come from the province – under criticism from some for downplaying the restrictions – COVID-19 has vowed to be tough on fraud.

The government announced Tuesday that all outdoor business patrols in Alberta should be closed for at least three weeks, starting Monday, to slow the spread of the virus.

One of the AHS closures targets Trolley 5 Probe on 17th Avenue, run by Ernie Sue, president of the Alberta Hospitality Association, who is openly critical of the UCP government’s regulatory policies.

AHS reads the closure order, which targets all three restaurants, saying “the food establishment was to provide food and beverage services in an indoor space”.

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“The area in question is surrounded by three walls and a roof, so the CMOH is not considered outside as defined in Order 12-2021. This difference was made clear to the owner in the previous distinction.”

It was also ordered to close the Big Sky BBQ pit north of Okotoks, while at 933 1733 17th Avenue in Sealy’s S.W. Order was issued to remove the plastic walls or roof of its inner edge “to ensure that this space meets a definition. Outdoor dining area. “

There are no cash penalties with orders that do not prevent businesses from providing the service they take.

Given the harsh and turbulent climate of Calgary, some restaurants say they have no choice but to set up a sheltered patio to attract customers.

They say the roller-coaster ride of closures and other restrictions has devastated their industry.

The patio of Big Sky BBQ is only partially covered, although owner Robert Bolton said the rules were “inconsistent” and confusing.

“(The province) certainly expels people from the hospitality industry, while there are easily 800 people in one Costco,” Bolton said.

“They have no data to show that this is needed – it feels like they understand straw.”

Provincial officials have not yet produced data showing how much the restaurant and outdoor patio contribute to infection rates.

Matt Blanchfield said he would replace the roof he installed on his patio with umbrellas and retain its walls.

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“We keep the walls above because the wind is so crazy on 17th Avenue,” said Blanchfield, co-owner of Sealy on the 17th.

“We want to use good weather for the next few days before all the patio closes.”

Blanchfield said the latest hurdle they have faced in the last 14 months is the latest implementation, and he hopes the rapid vaccination program will lead to them soon.

“We feel almost done – we hope the number of daily cases will decrease,” he said.

Meanwhile, the opposition NDP on Thursday called on the UCP government to reimburse bars and restaurants for up to $ 10,000 each, up to $ 10,000 each, to build the patio, after forcing their business outdoors a month ago.

“They were misled by a prime minister who constantly underestimated COVID-19 to help him deal with political issues in his own caucus,” said Deron Pluss, a critic of the party’s work, economy and innovation.

On Thursday, May 6, 2021, NDP commentator Deron Plus speaks at a press conference at Dandy Liquor in Calgary in response to the new COVID-19 restrictions that restrict only the distribution and transportation of restaurants.
On Thursday, May 6, 2021, NDP commentator Deron Plus speaks at a press conference at Dandy Liquor in Calgary in response to the new COVID-19 restrictions that restrict only the distribution and transportation of restaurants. Photo by Ajin Kafari / Postmedia

He called for increased financial support for businesses through COVID-19 regulations and for a ban on commercial outflows and shutdowns.

Concerns have been raised about the alleged implementation of a rule requiring patio patrons to sit only in their own home, while people living alone can be connected by two close contacts.

But Pilos said the government’s incompetence in dealing with the epidemic – fed by public opposition to the restrictions of its own caucus’ 17 members – was to blame.

“Turning and blaming Albertance is completely absurd for restaurant owners and small business owners,” he said.

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Pilos made the comments at Gilgary’s Dandy Brewing Co., which claims its owners spent $ 10,000 to prepare the outdoor patio.

On Wednesday, Premier Jason Kenny made no mention of additional support for the business, saying vaccines were the main vehicle for defeating the virus.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the courtyard shutdown was a “tough” decision for the province, but that there were “some spreads” of COVID-19 from them, and that someone who deserved it might be due to collective law violations.

The open patio “leads to some congestion on the streets,” he said.

Dandy Brewery co-founder Ben Lyon speaks at a press conference on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in response to the new COVID-19 restrictions announced by the UCP government that will only restrict the distribution and transportation of restaurants.
Dandy Brewery co-founder Ben Lyon speaks at a press conference on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in response to the new COVID-19 restrictions announced by the UCP government that will only restrict the distribution and transportation of restaurants. Photo by Ajin Kafari / Postmedia

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