Fraser Health seeks court order to close Hope, B.C. restaurant defying COVID health orders

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Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix were both asked about Rolly's Restaurant in Hope B.C. Tuesday after Fraser Health filed court documents to seek an injunction for it to close. Henry said it is unfortunate it has come to this but it is necessary for everyone and every establishment to comply with the vaccine card requirements to keep everyone safe – Oct 19, 2021

The Fraser Health Authority is seeking an injunction to close a Hope, B.C., restaurant that has been openly defying COVID-19 health orders.

In documents filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Fraser Health states an application against the owners of Rolly’s Restaurant is set to be filed Wednesday morning.

The restaurant has already had its business and liquor licences suspended for refusing to check diners’ immunization status, as required under the BC Vaccine Card program.

Since then, the eatery has kept its doors open, despite orders that it cease operations.

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Supporters of Rolly’s restaurant rally in Hope, B.C – Oct 16, 2021

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Fraser Health is also seeking an injunction to stop anyone from interfering with issuing the closure notice at the restaurant at 888 Fraser Ave. and giving any RCMP officer the authority to arrest and/or remove anyone from the restaurant who is not complying with the order.

The health authority has previously told Global News it has issued “multiple violation tickets” to the restaurant for defying a closure order issued Oct. 7.

But the business continues to operate and draw support, with a crowd of about 100 people showing up to a rally there on Saturday.

When asked about the issue on Tuesday, B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said they have been trying to provide a “measured response” to matters like this.

“Fraser Health has and our environmental health officers have been working with the restaurant (and) have been making sure they absolutely are clear on what the requirements are,” she said.

“We’re trying to balance the need for public safety and making sure that we don’t put our teams at risk. I know some of them have had some challenges in dealing with the restaurant and people in the restaurant,” Henry added.

“So we don’t want to create a situation where things are not safe, but we do recognize that these are not ideal.”

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Hope restaurant remains defiant despite licence suspension – Oct 8, 2021

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On Monday, the province said 89.2 per cent of eligible British Columbians aged 12 and older have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 83.4 per cent have received two doses.

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