Lawsuit Slated Against BC Restaurant that Continues to Defy Province’s Vaccine Policy

    Fraser Health recently filed a civil case against Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope for its alleged continued non-compliance with the vaccine policy established by the province of British Columbia to help curb the transmission of COVID-19. The health authority also filed affidavits regarding the said civil action with the BC Supreme Court in the middle of October.

    While the residents of BC have already been accustomed to presenting their vaccination cards and photo IDs as a requirement to get admittance in indoor establishments, Rolly’s Restaurant has been reported many times by concerned citizens to take no notice of the guideline.

    Fraser Health representative Curtis Harling related that they have tried reaching out to Rolly’s Restaurant to engage with its owners and provide education on the matter. However, despite repeated attempts to do so, “the business has been non-compliant with the order since it was implemented,” Harling stressed.

    Taking effect on September 10, the Provincial Health Officer’s Food and Liquor Serving Premises Order was established to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in British Columbia. Fraser Health previously warned that “should the business continue to be non-compliant with the Provincial Health Officer’s order, we will work with our compliance and enforcement partners and the Provincial Health Officer to determine appropriate next steps.”

    In line with its failure to comply with the said measure despite repeated warnings, Fraser Health eventually issued an order to have Rolly’s Restaurant closed indefinitely.

    Moreover, the dining establishment’s business license from the District of Hope was also suspended. Its liquor license suffered a similar fate by order of the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB). The first hearing for the civil action brought by Fraser Health against Rolly’s Restaurant took place on October 20 in Vancouver.

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