“Come on, you’re better than that,” says Prime Minister of crowded BC parties, drum circles

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VANCOUVER – The Prime Minister is calling on British Columbians to do better in light of increasing COVID-19 cases and social media posts showing crowded gatherings in the province. Speaking from Victoria on Thursday, John Horgan said he was proud of the way residents fared as the coronavirus curve flattened. But he has since heard about a crowded drum circle in Vancouver’s Stanley Park and dozens of confirmed cases linked to the Canada Day celebrations in Kelowna.

“Come on, you’re better than that,” he said.

“We have to make sure that we respect not only our own space, but that of others. We can only overcome this if we do it together. ”

The premier said British Columbia had made better progress than the rest of the country until the past two weeks, when the number of cases started to climb again.

He urges all British Columbians to adhere to the public health guidelines that are still in effect.

People should stay at least two meters from each other at all times, and in cases where this is not possible, they should wear a mask.

Hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid contracting the virus, and those who are sick should stay home.

“If you do this, we can continue to open the economy so that all British Columbians can benefit,” Horgan said.

He thanked those who play by the rules and those who responded to a government inquiry asking for ideas on how to respond to the novel coronavirus and its economic impact.

“These are difficult times, ladies and gentlemen. It’s not something we’ve never considered before. It has been 100 years since the last pandemic. There was no guidebook on my desk when I arrived. “

American boaters entering British Columbia

The Prime Minister also addressed American boaters following recent fines under the Quarantine Act.

Earlier this week, it was reported that police fined two US residents for violations after crossing the border by sea, taking advantage of the government’s exemption for Americans trying to get to Alaska.

He said he had previously called on the federal government to do more to police people entering Canada by sea, not just by air and land, and thanked Ottawa for what he called a “response. quick”.

He said the Trudeau government responded with “heavy fines” for Americans entering Canadian waters without identifying the appropriate authorities.

“I have no problem with the boaters staying in the water off the coast of British Columbia, but if you’re going to dock in British Columbia, if you’re not an essential traveler, you’re not. not allowed to do that, ”he told me.

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