When Dr. Bonnie Henry announced on Monday the pause on indoor dining, many restaurant owners had a minimum of 12 hours to prepare for weeks to come. Despite the short notice of the new Public Health Order, the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association and the City of Kamloops have been working tirelessly to support local restaurants. #downtowntogo
Victoria street’s extended sidewalks have returned in Downtown Kamloops. This will allow restaurants extra space for outdoor dining. Some restaurants have successfully opened their patio’s already. When dining outdoors, please remember to continually wear your mask unless seated at a table. Also, remember to sanitize before and follow the safety protocols highlighted by your server. If your favourite restaurant’s patio isn’t quite ready, be patient. City of Kamloops workers are hard at work and will be working on these extensions daily until completed. We currently have 20 Patio extensions are in progress.
There are always ways to support your favourite restaurant. Takeout and delivery options may also be available to satisfy your hunger. To ensure your full support, consider calling the restaurant directly. Third-party apps can be handy but also financially straining to restaurants. Call and place your order and receive a pick-up time. When picking up, ensure you arrive at the time your food is ready. This will limit the number of people waiting for their orders at once. If they offer delivery, pay with a card if possible and thank the delivery driver for their front-line work.
Don’t forget to share your wonderful experiences by leaving the restaurants a review or social media shout-out. This is a great way to enjoy your favourite local meals from the safety of your own bubble. During challenging times like this is when our local restaurants and their employees rely on community support.
Have you heard about Show us your Takeout?
We have over $4,500 in GCs to reward Kamloopsians to support, sip, and snack local this April. Tourism Kamloops, North Shore Business BIA and Downtown Kamloops BIA are teaming up to showcase Kamloops’ amazing eateries and drink establishments.
From April 1st-7th, share a picture of your takeout items online by tagging @luvntheloops and using #ykastrong in your posts or stories. Next Wednesday, we’ll announce the takeout category winners who have 7 days to pick up their $50 GC. Next Thursday, we’ll announce the new category. We will repeat this weekly until we run out of GCs.
Show us your…takeout & win godies from April 1st – 7th. 6 days. 10 winners. $50 GCs to:
✔️ Black Iron at @tobianogolf
✔️ Oriental Gardens Restaurant
To learn more about businesses open with care in Downtown Kamloops, visit: https://www.downtownkamloops.com/downtown-kamloops-business-open-updates-ykastrong/