Owner of Charley Victoria's apologizes for hosting maskless indoor dance party at Big White ski resort

Justin Reid describes it as an ignorant decision that arose out of selfish frustration

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      Update: Big White Ski Resort has been reported to be terminating the lease for Charley Victoria's All Day Après and evicting the business. 

      Original article:

      A video of young people partying without masks in a B.C. Interior bar and restaurant has been seen across the province.

      And now, the owner of the establishment, Justin Reid, has said he's sorry for what happened on March 29.

      The celebration occurred at Charley Victoria's All Day Après at the Big White Ski Resort.

      "I take full ownership for this ignorant decision that I made out of pure selfish frustration over the recent announcement, regarding COVID restrictions in our community," Reid wrote on his company's Facebook page. "My decision to let his happen was wrong. I take full accountability for accept all consequences of this poor decision.

      "As a community, we have all been working so hard and making sacrifices to curb COVID-19 and keep each other safe, and what happened at Charley’s Monday night was unacceptable and did not demonstrate leadership or compassion for my community, in which I care deeply about," he continued. "Charley’s was created to be a safe space for all-mountain goers and I let you all down, and for that, I’m deeply sorry."

      Castanet posted this video of revellers at Charley's Victoria's.
      Castanet

      He also apologized to Big White Ski Resort, which said earlier that it would fire any employees seen in the video.

      "I would also like to apologize to my staff," Reid added. "The Charley’s team has made my business what it is today and is the reason so many people have enjoyed coming here, I owe you all so much, and will work to earn your trust back as a leader.

      "The frontline and essential workers in the Okanagan are the true hero’s [sic] and have put our health and safety first as we have navigated the pandemic, I’m so very sorry for the disrespect I’ve displayed."

      The Big White ski resort is 56 kilometres southeast of Kelowna.

      Last week, Interior Health announced on March 26 that the COVID-19 cluster at Big White Mountain, which was declared on December 15 and involved 237 cases, had finally been contained.

      Update

      Big White Ski Resort has evicted Charley Victoria's as a result of the party. This was confirmed by the resort's senior vice president of sales and marketing, Michael Ballingall, in an interview with Global B.C. News.

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