B.C. Premier John Horgan addressed the media on Thursday in Victoria, updating the province on the ongoing government response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restart of some sectors of the B.C. economy, as case numbers in the province increase.
Horgan pleaded with all British Columbians to follow public health guidelines and slow the spread of COVID-19, in his first news conference since concerns were raised over potentially “explosive growth” of cases in the province.
The premier said he was frustrated seeing pictures from Kelowna and a drum circle at Stanley Park’s Third Beach in Vancouver showing groups of mostly young people gathering closely together and not observing physical-distancing. He also told reporters he doesn’t believe B.C. moved to Phase 3 of its economic recovery plan too soon, not just allowing recreational travel again within the province but encouraging it to help struggling businesses.
British Columbia health officials announced 34 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, in an unscheduled news conference called amidst a spike in cases. It’s the fourth time in five days that 30 or more cases have been reported in 24 hours.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said on Wednesday that she was amending her public health order on bars and nightclubs in response to the increase in case numbers. Under the new rules, all patrons must be seated at a designated seat. Further, there can be no liquor self-service, no dance floors, and establishments must take new steps to reduce lineups and choke points.
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