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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An extension to B.C.’s indoor dining ban could be announced soon, according to an email sent to members of BC’s Alliance of Beverage Licensees.

 ABLE BC and B.C. Restaurant and Food services Association representatives met with Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry Tuesday. A screenshot ABLE BC’s email was posted to the Audielicious Facebook page.

”Our Executive Director Jeff Guignard spoke directly with Dr.[Bonnie] Henry this afternoon. Although nothing has been finalized, it is highly likely that the current ban on indoor dining will be extended at least until after the May long weekend,” reads the email.

Dr. Henry announced the restriction to help combat rising COVID-19 cases in the province. The ban, implemented at the end of March, is set to expire on Monday at 11:59 p.m.

The notice was sent for members to plan in case the ban is extended, says the email.

The provincial government’s ban included the suspension of indoor faith services.

The new restrictions resulted in the community rushing to support local dining spots. The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce started reaching out to those affected immediately to see if they needed assistance. The Chamber also partnered with local organizations to launch takeoutfsj.com, allowing residents to find a list of local restaurants and their menus all in one place.

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