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Coronavirus: Questions arise over booze rules at Kelowna nightclub

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At least one business in Kelowna is allowing guests to continue drinking their booze after 11 p.m. Jules Knox takes a closer look at how this could happen under B.C.'s current pandemic rules.

Despite pandemic-imposed rules, the lights of the Liquid Zoo are still on until 2 a.m., which is causing confusion for some residents in Kelowna.

The business, which is known for featuring strippers, is downtown on Lawrence Avenue.

In early September, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry ordered businesses to stop operating as nightclubs as COVID-19 cases surged.

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She also said that last call must be at 10 p.m., and unless a full meal service is provided, businesses must close by 11 p.m.

A bouncer at Liquid Zoo’s door on Friday night could be heard telling guests that they could order a bunch of drinks for last call at 10 p.m. and keep drinking until 2 a.m.

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The Liquid Zoo was not available for an on-camera interview with Global News on Sunday.

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However, the business said guests are restricted to ordering two drinks at last call but can sip them until 2 a.m.

The business also said that it has stopped operating as a nightclub and isn’t doing anything illegal.

Liquid Zoo said it offers a full food menu, which means it can remain open until 2 a.m.

The business said it’s had scrutiny from RCMP, Interior Health and bylaw officers.

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Although the public health order does say that liquor must not be consumed on premises by owners, operators or staff after 11 p.m., it doesn’t explicitly say that guests must finish their drinks before then.

Interior Health said its public health teams will be investigating the situation.