A handful of rural politicians have thrown their assist behind a defiant Alberta enterprise that broke COVID-19 guidelines.
Bonnyville Mayor Gene Sobolewski, Lac La Biche County Mayor Omer Moghrabi, and Greg Sawchuk, reeve of the M.D. of Bonnyville all had a sit-down lunch at Lakeland Grill in Bonneville Wednesday, going in opposition to public well being orders.
The information didn’t sit nicely with Premier Jason Kenney.
“To see folks in elected authorities positions encouraging a flagrant disregard of public well being measures throughout a pandemic like that is completely irresponsible,” Kenney mentioned throughout Friday’s provincial COVID-19 replace.
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Mayor Sobolewski mentioned eating places in his space have been hit laborious and he was keen to danger a tremendous to make some extent.
“Sure, I knew that we have been breaking the foundations, the companies house owners knew that they have been breaking the foundations however it was act of desperation.
“Let’s have eating places open and have them observe the identical guidelines or the protocols. If it must be reservations solely, they’re ready to simply accept that,” Sobolewski mentioned.
Increasingly rural eating places throughout the province are breaking the regulation and opening dine-in service.
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Whereas Lakeland Grill solely opened for 2 hours, its name to motion got here with the backing of native leaders.
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With a municipal election looming this fall, political commentator Janet Brown says this was seemingly a strategic transfer.
“They in all probability all got here to the conclusion that there’s a larger political upside for them to take this stand than there was a down facet.”
Whereas a bid for re-election is within the playing cards for Moghrabi and Sobolewski, they are saying their actions weren’t politically motivated.
“Undoubtedly wasn’t a political transfer as a result of it was very divisive. What I’ll do is what I believe is correct for our group,” Mayor Moghrabi mentioned.
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“Proper or unsuitable, I believe these small city mayors have been making the identical form of political alternative that each politician makes on day-to-day foundation,” Brown mentioned.
The mayors say regardless of their now infamous lunch, they don’t encourage Albertans to interrupt the well being pointers.
On Friday, the province introduced just a few restrictions would ease as of Feb. 8, together with the one banning dine-in service at eating places.
In the event that they resolve to reopen, Alberta eating places, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes must adhere to the next pointers:
- A most of six folks per desk and people have to be from the identical family or two shut contacts for folks dwelling alone
- Contact data have to be collected from one particular person of the eating occasion
- Liquor service should finish at 10 p.m. and in-person eating should shut by 11 p.m.
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