Late night street party on Granville Strip elicits response from Vancouver police

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Vancouver police said they broke up an impromptu street party downtown late Friday night after dozens of revelers gathered around a group of people who had set up speakers.Spokesman Sgt. Aaron Roed said around midnight officers stopped a group of DJs from playing music on Granville Street. Roed said people stopped gathering soon after.

“There is limited capacity inside restaurants and bars, which increases the number of people on the streets,” Roed said in a written statement. “VPD will continue to educate people on the importance of physical distance. ”

Videos on social media appear to show people dancing in the streets, standing close to each other despite provincial health recommendations to stay two meters apart and not to congregate in large groups. CBC News could not verify when the video was taken.

The video sparked outrage on social media from many people concerned about a recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the province.

The province registered 84 new cases on Friday. It was the first time the province has seen more than 70 cases daily for three consecutive days since the start of the pandemic. There are now 629 active cases in the province.

Most of the new cases involve people under the age of 40. Provincial officials have advocated with young adults to help flatten the curve and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Local celebrities Ryan Reynolds and Seth Rogen even stepped in recently, after Prime Minister John Horgan asked for their help.

Roed said the province and provincial health administrator Dr Bonnie Henry had taken the lead in enforcing social distancing, isolation and quarantine orders.

“Vancouver Police will continue to focus on public safety, crime prevention and compliance with the law,” he said.

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