Corduroy's restaurant in Kitsilano defying public health orders, ordered to close

Restaurant ordered to close

Vancouver police say a restaurant in Kitsilano has been ordered to close after not following provincial health orders.

Corduroy restaurant served people indoors on Friday and Saturday, despite recent COVID-19 restrictions banning indoor dining, according to CTV News Vancouver.

A video shared on social media showed customers being served indoors at the establishment on Friday evening, and the owner goes on camera herself to talk closely with customers while not wearing a mask.

Vancouver police, provincial health officers and a liquor coordinator visited the restaurant on Saturday after receiving several complaints throughout the day.

“The PHO has issued the restaurant a full closure,” said Cst. Tania Visintin, a spokesperson for the Vancouver Police Department.

Staff and visitors were not fined during the incident.

“The provincial health authorities will seek further action as they see fit. We will continue to assist under their direction.”

After the closure was issued, Corduroy’s took to Instagram on Sunday, calling the last two days “a roller coaster” and announcing they would be closed until Tuesday for Easter. The post did not mention the closure order.

“We appreciate all the support...and understand the backlash,” it reads.

“We have sold out of food and decided to close tonight and tomorrow to celebrate Easter with our little fam. Back open Tuesday.”

Rebecca Matthews, owner of Corduroy, spent Friday speaking at a rally in support of small businesses against the new indoor dining restrictions — vowing to open her doors that day for service.

Restaurants that violate public health orders can receive fines of $2,300 for each day they don’t comply. And according to B.C.’s Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, the penalties can get even harsher.

“They could lose their liquor licence, they could lose their business licence, they could face additional charges that may well be under the criminal code, which could result in one year in jail and a $10,000 fine,” he says.

Corduroy’s has not yet provided a comment to CTV News Vancouver.

-With files from CTV News Vancouver

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