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.
Agree with you wholeheartedly. Always groups throughout the evening gathering with music, street musicians etc. Do our best to step in and stop the music when groups form. Unfortunately, limited seating inside means more people outside. https://t.co/c4FE5u3PQ8
– @ DeputyChow
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.