A Canadian restaurant chain has confirmed the veracity of a video showing more than a dozen people violating public health recommendations in one of its establishments.
In a statement sent to the Georgia Straight, Earls Bar + Restaurant states that it's "deeply concerned" by the behaviour of guests in its Edmonton Crossroads location on February 9.
They were seen on the video drinking in close proximity to one another without masks.
"Earls can confirm that a group of guests did indeed gather at one table for a brief period, after initially being seated separately in accordance with health guidelines," Earls chief restaurant officer Mark Hladik says. "This group was asked to disperse by a server on shift and the guests complied with this request."
He adds that the company takes the health and safety of its guests and Alberta Health Services protocols "very seriously".
"We have opened an extensive investigation into this incident and will be taking steps with staff involved," Hladik continues. "We have strict Covid-19 safety measures in place at all locations, and will continue to work closely with Alberta Health Services to ensure the safety of everyone who dines with us. We will also be re-communicating to all locations our strict adherence to public health guidelines."