At downtown Victoria’s Sticky Wickett Pub, Brendon Norton clears tables and chairs to get the dance floor ready.
“We’re gonna be rockin’ and it’s going to be a great weekend,” said Norton, a duty manager with the Strathcona Hotel.
Norton says ever since the B.C. government recently announced its lifting of several COVID-19 restrictions, the phone hasn’t stopped ringing.
“We’re getting, I would say, probably 30-40 calls at the front desk a day, minimum, asking if we’re going to have our dance floor open, when’s it going to be open, do we have our DJ back.”
Meanwhile, Irish Times and the Bard & Banker have live music scheduled all weekend long.
“I think it’ll be a busy weekend anyway being family day,” said Dylan Hagreen, director of operations for the Victoria Pub Company. “But then, with the restrictions lifted I think there’s a lot of energy in the city right now so we’re expecting a busy weekend.”
Although indoor capacity limits have been lifted and dancing is now allowed across B.C., masks and vaccine passports are still mandatory. The wearing of masks while dancing garnered a mix of reactions from people CHEK News spoke with in downtown Victoria.
“I will definitely be dancing this weekend, with my mask on to be safe,” said Thomas Mastromonacko. “I will be dancing with my friends.”
“Probably yes, because I miss it,” said Anastasia Kurdelias. “But dancing in the mask is not what I would like to do, to be honest.”
“Honestly I don’t think so,” said Sarah Coady. “I think it takes some of the fun out of it.”
“We’ve got to get to the dance floor,” said Cam Zarubiak. “I mean if it’s open and we’re able to get out there and shake our rumps with our friends, like, we got to do it.”
Despite some seeing masks as yet another hurdle, others are taking the new measures as a giant step forward.
“I think at this point, we’ll take what we can get,” said Hagreen.
“Considering the amount of challenges, that’s the least of our worries right now,” said Norton.