After a long wait, restaurants in the province are opening their doors and including many of our favourites. Earls is reopening in B.C. and you can finally go out with your friends again. Don't bring too many though, because they're only letting so many in at a time.
In a release shared with Narcity, the restaurant chain announced on Tuesday, May 19 that they're opening back up their stores in the province — with a bunch of new rules. They have already reopened locations in Winnipeg and Edmonton, too.
In B.C. locals can now hit up restaurants with friends and the six-person maximum reflects the province's official stance on how many people you should hang out with at once.
However, the eateries are going to look very different. It'll be a lot emptier, for one — the restaurants are only taking in half the customers they used to, and no more than six people are allowed per table.
"It felt a bit weird to sit in a half full restaurant," wrote Instagram user "Laura" to Narcity. She visited the Earls location in Whistler on the day they reopened.
"The atmosphere was cozy and the employees made us feels very safe," she continued.
Before entering, guests will have to sanitize their hands before entering and will receive disinfectant wipes. They'll also be given single-use menus or they're welcome to check out their online menu.
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Employees will also have to wear masks at all times inside the restaurant and will have to follow strict hygiene rules.
For example, all employees must undergo health checks before entering — if they have any symptoms, they won't be allowed in.
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"We know dining in our restaurants is going to look and feel different for the foreseeable future," said Earls' chief restaurant officer Mark Hladik.
"But we want our guests and employees to know that we're doing everything we can to ensure their safety."
In Vancouver, the restaurant's Test Kitchen and locations on Robson, Yaletown, Fir Street, and Ambleside Beach are open according to Earls.
Laura said the location she visited was "busy" and that roughly all the tables that were open were occupied.
The reopening of one of the province's most recognizable restaurant chains seems to be off to a good start and many more places are expected to reopen for dine-in service in the coming weeks.