A badminton facility has been temporarily shut down by the City of Richmond for defying COVID-19 public heath orders.
Ace Badminton – at 9151 Van Horne Way near Bridgeport Canada Line Station – was found to be allowing too many people on each court and throughout the facility, said Clay Adams, city spokesperson. The business was also not enforcing mandatory mask rules.
The city has suspended the facility’s business license for two weeks, as of March 19. The suspension follows a closure order by Vancouver Coastal Health for a similar violation of health orders, Adams said.
City council has also instructed city staff to immediately suspend businesses found to be in non-compliance with health orders.
“The city has been clear that businesses that ignore public health and safety orders aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 will not be tolerated,” said Adams.
“Continued non-compliance by Ace Badminton will result in a further suspension plus ticketing and even prosecution in provincial court.”
In addition to the license suspension, city staff will be working with regulators from WorkSafe BC and VCH to ensure the business complies with health orders.