Covid-19: Doing Dine Out Safely

Dine Out Vancouver Festival is a promotional umbrella that brings together hundreds of chefs, more than 300 restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, suppliers and more for a month of dining, food-forward virtual experiences designed to give culinary enthusiasts the opportunity to taste the best flavours of the city. With public health guidance, restaurants continue to implement health and safety measures to ensure that patrons can safely support dining establishments within their community.

The latest and current Public Health Orders as they related to venue capacity are in effect until January 18th

  • All patrons in restaurants and at indoor events must show proof of full vaccination and photo ID in order to participate.
  • Outdoor events are not affected.
  • Current provincial orders require a maximum of 6 guests per table in a restaurant with physical distancing or barriers between tables.  Guests are not permitted to mingle between tables.
  • Current provincial orders require events in non-restaurant environments to be limited to 50% capacity.  Events happening in restaurants are not affected by capacity limits, though tables cannot exceed 6 people.
  • Restaurants are operating under increased pressures related to staffing and supply constraints, so it is even more important to honor your reservation or cancel well in advance. 
  • Looking for a change in scenery? Book a night at your local hotel and make it a night out! When you book a night at a participating downtown Vancouver hotel during Dine Out dates, you will receive a $50 Mastercard gift card* (*for each night up to a maximum of 3 nights). A worry-free and refreshing way to enjoy BC wines and local craft beers with your Dine Out menu!



What experiences can we expect this year?
This year, Dine Out is excited to present a delicious collection of in person culinary experiences which adhere to public health orders.  We are also excited for the return of Street Food City, the outdoor street food festival on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The full list and booking links are available at:

Are we allowed to go to restaurants?

Yes, the current BC provincial health order (Dec 21) allows dining with conditions including:

  • Patrons must show proof of Vaccination and photo Id.
  • Table size is a maximum of six guests with physical distance between tables or barriers.
  • Patrons must be seated for service and no mingling between tables is permitted
  • Masks are required when patrons are not seated ie. moving to and from the table and going to the washrooms
  • Each premise must have a COVID safety plan and employee protocols in place

For more details please refer to the text of the order and the province-wide restrictions.

Are reservations required?

Yes, to ensure you are able to get a table please book here.

How many people are allowed at a table?

Maximum of six (6) people at a table.

How many people can be in a restaurant at a time?

The number of people allowed in a restaurant is determined based on the permitted capacity, patio seating, and available distances/barriers as a part of the provincially mandated COVID safety plan. This capacity should be visibly posted.

I am not comfortable dining in at a restaurant, are there other Dine Out experiences I can participate in?

Yes, restaurants are also offering a take out option with specially priced menus .Visit the restaurants page and filter the list of participating restaurants by ‘Take Out’ to learn more.

Who can book a hotel?

Downtown Vancouver hotels are currently offering a special Mastercard Gift Card Promotion and are accepting bookings. Currently there are not restrictions regarding travel though visitors from outside of Canada are required to follow strict pre-entry testing.  You can find more information on international travel here:

There are currently no restrictions to inter and intra-Provincial travel, except that anyone traveling by air or rail must show proof of vaccination and photo ID.  Masks are required when traveling by air. Due to some limitations from the Province-wide restrictions and Provincial Health Orders, some facilities may not be available. It is best to inquire when booking.

Looking for more?
Please visit our COVID-19 information page

Reference Documents:

Province-wide restrictions
BC Provincial Health Order


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Vancouver BC V6C3L6

Phone: 604.682.2222

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