Norm Scott, president of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #91 in Langford, says they’ll be open from Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. in response to the pandemic. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Langford Legion hesitantly re-opens with new hours

President says doors open Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 7 p.m.

Norm Scott is down, but not out as the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #91 in Langford reopens June 2.

One of the biggest concerns for the president of the Langford location has been whether they would be able to stay afloat during the pandemic.

Although he said they’ve lost anywhere between $50,000 to $70,000 worth in revenue from planned functions and events, his team was determined to continue serving their seniors, veterans and community members.

“Some people are wondering is this soon enough, or is the opening too late?,” said Scott. “It’s hard to say. I’m still very cautious about the pandemic because I want our veterans to know they can come here and feel safe.”

READ MORE: Two Second World War rifles stolen during break-in at Langford Legion

Scott has a laundry list of items that he’s already completed in order to adhere to the provincial health orders for Phase Two of re-opening local businesses and community hubs. When Legion members drop by starting Tuesday, the space will look slightly different.

Firstly, the doors won’t be open every day of the week. They’ve reduced to five days a week between Tuesday and Saturday and limited their hours between noon and 7 p.m.

The Legion kitchen will also be open on a limited basis from Wednesday to Saturday for four to five hours each day.

Plexiglas surrounds the counter where patrons order food at the bar.

Chairs are not allowed to be moved and tables can’t be shuffled around.

Memories of playing games together pre-pandemic will be looked on with rose-coloured glasses – pool will be played with a gloves, access to shuffleboard rocks will be limited by being placed behind the bar and those wanting to play darts will have to bring their own from home.

“We don’t know if this is going to be sustainable,” said Scott.

“If our members don’t come and use our restaurant or bar we might not be able to stay open for too long.

“Many branches are on the verge of closing and luckily we’re not at that point just yet.”

Looking ahead, Scott is still looking for volunteers to help with the entrance table that members will have to check in to so they can be traced.

Those interested in helping out at the Legion can reach out to 250-478-1828.

aaron.guillen@goldstreamgazette.com

City of LangfordRoyal Canadian Legion

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

RCMP cruiser damaged while responding to second of three Sidney crashes

Multiple crashes cause delays in both directions on Highway 17

Hotel workers gather in Victoria, demand right to return to work

Workers also asking the government to make sure employers don’t use pandemic to replace them

Victoria archery club says goodbye to outdoor range in View Royal

Province-owned View Royal property will house handyDART facility

MISSING: Victoria woman dubbed high-risk, last seen mid-June

Kristy Bolton is known to frequent the Rock Bay area

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision on Trans Canada

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 7

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Elizabeth May endorses Furstenau in BC Greens race

Former federal party leader backs Cowichan Valley MLA

Fraser Valley woman complains of violent RCMP takedown during wellness check

Mounties respond that she was not co-operating during Mental Health Act apprehension

B.C. sees 12 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Three outbreaks exist in health-care settings

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

COVID-19: B.C. promotes video-activated services card

Mobile app allows easier video identity verification

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Would you take a COVID-19 vaccine? Poll suggests most Canadians say yes

75 per cent of Canadians would agree to take a novel coronavirus vaccine

Most Read