British Columbia orders nightclubs and banquet halls to close as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

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VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – Provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry has ordered all self-contained nightclubs and banquet halls to close effective Tuesday and until further notice after 429 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths have been reported over the long weekend.She also ordered alcohol sales in all bars, pubs and restaurants to cease at 10 p.m., while those establishments must close at 11 p.m. unless they provide full meal service.

Music and background sounds should not be louder than the normal conversation volume in these places.

“So these restrictions are meant to eliminate that late night temptation that people experience, where we know there has been a mix-up and transmission is happening in these places across the province. We recognize that these places have tried and we have made adjustments, and there are still exhibits. And staff and customers are at risk. This is the reason why we are putting these additional restrictions today, ”Henry said.

«JEn a lot case those we are seeing is grand Names of people being exposé inadvertently in those environments, particularly in some of the nightclubs and the the bars, and the evenings this we seen in a lot case, fed by our use of alcohol. “

Henry said issuing orders was a last resort.

“We’ve spent a lot of time working with the industry in nightclub banquet halls, to try to put in place measures that will protect people from this,” she added. “But as our cases increase, as we begin to enter the important parts of our community that we need to support to transition to respiratory season in the fall, we need to make changes to reduce the risks of these environments.

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Henry said restaurants and pubs have generally performed well following health and safety orders, although two West End restaurants have been closed after repeated health and safety violations, mostly related to ‘ignore physical distancing requirements amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other exhibition events are also continuing.

Over the weekend, Vancouver Coastal Health issued exposure warnings for three bars or nightclubs along Granville Street.

Meanwhile, the BCCDC has updated its list of possible COVID-19 exposure on flights, with more travel through the Lower Mainland.

Of the new cases, 123 were reported from Friday to Saturday. Another 116 were reported over the next 24 hours, followed by days of 107 and 83 cases, respectively.

Friday’s total is the second-highest one-day total of new cases since the start of the pandemic. The record is 124.

Henry also reported outbreaks at Burnaby Hospital, Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver, and Rideau Retirement Residence in Burnaby.

“We have no new community epidemics to report. However, I think people are well aware that there were a number of exhibition events over the weekend in many places in British Columbia, but particularly in the Lower Mainland ”, she declared.

“For many people, it’s time for all of us to reduce our social interactions. This is what we all need to do now to reduce our risk of contracting COVID-19, for ourselves and for everyone around us.

She added that the new orders, after careful consideration, were necessary to help public health teams, especially in finding contracts.

“We had a bit of a grace period this summer. We were able to manage the cases, we were able to do the public health work and allow people to have time to go out, to be with others, to be with family, to travel a bit, ”said Henry. .

But more action is needed as schools reopen and more people return to work and fall, although a curfew has not been considered.

“It’s going to be a tough time for these companies, and I think we all need to start thinking about what we need to do to get through the next few months, as a community, together.

British Columbia has now recorded 6,591 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Out of 1,386 active cases, 32 people are hospitalized, including 12 in intensive care.

British Columbia has recorded a total of 213 deaths. Both of the weekend were held in long-term care in Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal regions.

-with files from Nikitha Martins, Toby Kerr and Ash Kelly



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