Vancouver Mayor Stewart to bring forward emergency motion to aid hospitality industry

VANCOUVER Mayor Kennedy Stewart, in response to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s announcement of new orders directing restaurants to end in-person dining except for on patios, said on Monday that to help the already ailing hospitality industry, he will on Tuesday bring forward for Council’s consideration an emergency motion asking staff to take extraordinary measures to do anything the City can to help, including further expanding patio options and spaces wherever possible.

Stewart said the new rules are difficult, but necessary in order to get rising COVID-19 case counts under control, and that, as always, he fully supports Henry’s leadership.

He said the emergency motion will also direct staff to work directly with industry and business representatives on any other quick actions needed to help businesses get through this challenging time.

He added: “I am also working with business leaders and representatives on more actions the City can take to help support small businesses and will announce details in the coming days.”