Coronavirus: Hundreds of People Outside Costco in Kelowna – Okanagan

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As grocery stores limit the number of customers allowed inside – due to the 50-person limit on rallies – large queues have started to occur regularly outside grocers.

In Kelowna, hundreds of people lined up to shop for groceries at Costco.

“I arrived around 9:50 am and have just gone out now, about two hours in total [spent in line]Said Jeffrey Smith, a resident of Kelowna.

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Physical distancing measures appeared to be in place and buyers were aware of the two-meter rule.

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“We don’t see transmission of the virus through very fleeting contacts outside or in places like grocery stores,” said British Columbia provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry.

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The Interior Health Authority says the queues comply with British Columbia guidelines.

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Interior Health sent Global News a statement regarding parking queues.

“Public health does not recommend large, uncontrolled social gatherings, where people intermingle freely (like parties, events, etc.). Well-regulated queues of people waiting to enter commercial establishments, which have exterior markings to ensure people stay within two meters of each other, follow recommendations for social distancing. It also responds to the recommendation to ensure that no indoor overcrowding occurs in retail establishments. All of these practices are in place at Costco. “

Costco has made no statement regarding the large outside queues.










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