Residents and visitors can enjoy Kelowna's outstanding food scene with peace of mind, as local restaurants have implemented a variety of COVID-19 protocols and are working hard to make sure guests have an enjoyable and safe experience, while maintaining the health and safety of their employees.
BC Health Officials have laid out health and safety protocols for restaurants and cafes, which each business must adhere to as part of their return to safe operation:
- To maintain physical distance, tables must be a minimum of 2 metres apart or have physical barriers between them.
- Surfaces are sanitized thoroughly between customers.
- Maximum group size of six people per party.
- Liquor may only be served to people who are seated and there is no self-service (no walking to the bar to get a drink).
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) is an optional additional layer of protection and is recommended when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- A COVID-19 safety plan must posted in the restaurant and on their website, if they have one.
While restaurant owners and staff are working hard to serve customers safely, you can also help to keep those around you safe when dining out:
- Plan ahead—if you are able to, make a reservation.
- Make sure to keep your groups small. No more than 6 people can dine together at one table.
- Use the sanitizer stations available or bring your own to use.
- Always remain seated at your table. If you need to get up to use the restroom, make sure you are physical distancing; don't loiter or visit another table.
Embrace the outdoors
Photo by: Nic Collar Film
Many restaurants around Kelowna are offering expanded patios giving the opportunity for more people to dine outdoors. Dining outdoors extends beyond summer in Kelowna, as the warmer weather makes it easy to comfortably dine outside. Downtown Kelowna on Bernard Avenue will maintain closed to vehicle traffic until September 7, so make sure to take advantage while you can and dine on the streets of Bernard. Many restaurants are also still offering takeout, in case you want to grab food to enjoy at one of Kelowna's many beaches or parks.
If you've had an exceptional experience at one of the restaurants in and around Kelowna, consider nominating the restaurant and its staff as part of BCRFA's #StandUpForService Campaign.
Let's continue to #exploreKelowna safely and responsibly—and in the words of BC's Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry: Be kind. Be calm. Be safe.