A Mirror, AB business owner was running a drive-in movie service before Alberta Health Services deemed it a mass gathering. (Photo submitted by the Whistle Stop Cafe)

Lacombe Country cafe says it can now offer drive-in movies

Business owner originally frustrated after being ordered to shut down by AHS

  • May. 1, 2020 11:30 a.m.

A Lacombe County restaurant says Alberta Health Services has agreed to allow it to show drive-in movies.

“I received word from our area AHS inspector … the provincial government has listened to our concerns and they have agreed to allow drive-in theatres,” the Facebook post by the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mirror said.

“They have not released the rules and regulations yet, but I’m hoping we will have them soon.”

The post said the cafe will be asking for food service, as well as public washrooms.

“AHS heard our voices everyone, and they’re working with us. We will keep everyone updated as to details, but there is a very good chance that we will have some great, safe entertainment happening at the Whistle Stop Cafe this weekend,” the post stated.

The business thanked the community for its support.

The cafe’s owner, Christopher Scott, earlier said he wanted to provide drive-in movies to help families get out during the pandemic.

At first, the movies attracted about five or six cars, but after three weeks, there were more than 60 carloads showing up, which AHS had deemed to be a large gathering and against current public health orders.



todd.vaughan@lacombeexpress.com

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