Twilight Drive-In Theatre, BC appeals COVID-19 50 car limit and concession rules.

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The Ministry of Health issued a new directive saying that drive-in events are not to have more than 50 vehicles, and the sale of refreshments are restricted.

ALL SHOWS CANCELLED AS OF TUESDAY, MAY 26TH DUE TO NEW MINISTRY OF HEALTH RESTRICTIONS.

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This new restriction clearly has come up now in response to a number of people trying to capitalize off COVID-19 by proposing temporary pop-up parking lot drive-in and concert events. They would not have the same permanent infrastructure and facilities as Twilight drive-In.

The official order uses two different terms, “drive-in theatres” and “drive-in events” (screen shot below). We clearly are a “drive-in theatre”, and whoever wrote the new order obviously gave some consideration to the difference. But for some reason we are being held to these new restrictions for “drive-in events”. We do not agree that we are an “event” and these new restriction should not apply to pre-existing, on-going, permanent, brick and mortar licensed drive-in theatres in BC.
We note we have a valid “drive-in theatre” business license from the Township of Langley, and not an “event” license or permit.

Furthermore, we hold a “take out food” license, which was permitted in Phase 1 and still is in Phase 2. But now to single us out saying that our “take out food” license isn’t valid while everyone’s else is, is completely unfair.

We were allowed to operate our drive-in and concession stand during Phase 1, the worse part of the pandemic, with the social distancing measures we put in place. But now, in Phase 2, the restart phase, restrictions are being placed on us that will severely impede the viability of the drive-in. Seems contradictory and backwards to us!

Drive-ins across Canada are being allowed to open under their province’s Phase 1 reopenings, with identical protocols we have in place, and now we are being restricted more than them, in Phase 2.

We are seeking a reconsideration and exemption from the Ministry of Health, and we are asking you to tell them that you do not agree with these new restrictions being placed on permanent drive-in theatres, and that we should be allowed to continue

The official order uses two different terms, “drive-in theatres” and “drive-in events” (screen shot below). We clearly are a “drive-in theatre”, and whoever wrote the new order obviously gave some consideration to the difference. But for some reason we are being held to these new restrictions for “drive-in events”. We do not agree that we are an “event” and these new restriction should not apply to pre-existing, on-going, permanent, brick and mortar licensed drive-in theatres in BC.
We note we have a valid “drive-in theatre” business license from the Township of Langley, and not an “event” license or permit.

Furthermore, we hold a “take out food” license, which was permitted in Phase 1 and still is in Phase 2. But now to single us out saying that our “take out food” license isn’t valid while everyone’s else is, is completely unfair.

We were allowed to operate our drive-in and concession stand during Phase 1, the worse part of the pandemic, with the social distancing measures we put in place. But now, in Phase 2, the restart phase, restrictions are being placed on us that will severely impede the viability of the drive-in. Seems contradictory and backwards to us!

Drive-ins across Canada are being allowed to open under their province’s Phase 1 reopenings, with identical protocols we have in place, and now we are being restricted more than them, in Phase 2.

We are seeking a reconsideration and exemption from the Ministry of Health, and we are asking you to tell them that you do not agree with these new restrictions being placed on permanent drive-in theatres, and that we should be allowed to continue to operate with the social distancing policies we put in place during Phase 1. Please contact:
HLTH.Minister@gov.bc.ca, adrian.dix.MLA@leg.bc.ca, hlth.health@gov.bc.ca, Hlth.HSD@gov.bc.ca, Bonnie.Henry@gov.bc.ca

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