Witness shocked by ‘crazy party’ at Kits Beach in Vancouver amid COVID-19 restrictions

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Witness shocked by ‘crazy party’ at Kits Beach in Vancouver amid COVID-19 restrictions



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On Friday night, a big party dance to amplified music on Vancouver’s Kits Beach reignited debate over COVID-19 restrictions in British Columbia, as locals flock outside in warmer weather.

Beryl Pye was out for a bike ride when she spotted the “crazy party,” which she said numbered “hundreds.”

Video captured by Pye and other social media users appears to show some of the dancers wearing masks and many standing away from other party-goers.

However, the rally appears to go against the province’s cap of 10 from a cohort of close friends or family members for any outdoor gathering.


Still images from a video posted to Instagram show people, some without masks, dancing in groups on Vancouver’s Kits Beach.


Credit: @ Sandyboy77 / Instagram


Still images from a video posted to Instagram show people, some without masks, dancing in groups on Vancouver’s Kits Beach.


Credit: @ Sandyboy77 / Instagram

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“There was a guy who had like a speaker who was like walking through the crowd and sort of instigating this dance situation… walking on the beach with that kind of crown and a cape looked like you would see at a festival people. put on costumes, ”Pye said.

“The queues in the bathrooms were crazy. I’ve never seen it like this at Kits Beach in my life, just on a Friday night. “

On Thursday, provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry issued her order allowing outdoor gatherings, which she said was important for maintaining social ties.

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Henry said such a gathering should be limited to 10 people or less, stressing that no environment is currently safe.

“I think it’s important for us to go outside. And I think we should all go outside every day and make sure that’s part of how we keep each other together, ”she said.

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On Thursday, Henry presented modeling showing that if British Columbians continue their current level of social interactions, the province could see up to 3,000 new cases per day as more contagious COVID variants spread.

The province is currently reporting an average of more than 1,000 new cases per day, and the number of people in hospital and intensive care has repeatedly set new records this week.

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Pye said she was concerned that if people seek to circumvent the rules on gatherings, the province could be forced to implement tougher restrictions like the controversial lockdown implemented by Ontario this week.

“I don’t want more closures, I don’t want parks closed, I want to be able to go out safe – you know, we live in a beautiful city, I want to be able to do that,” she said.

“It’s just frustrating. I don’t want the numbers to end up at 3,000 cases per day. And when I watch a scene like that, that’s where we’re headed.

This is a concern shared by Vancouver City Council. Sarah Kirby-Yung, who said she was concerned an increase in transmission could lead to further provincial restrictions.

These restrictions, she said, would devastate businesses that are barely holding up.

“We’re all human and we all feel it – but imagine if we were to take tougher action and go to a more complete lockdown and you couldn’t go and sit on that patio and you couldn’t even go out in a small group. friends and close contacts outside? I think it would be pretty dark, ”she said.

« If we skyrocketed and closed those patios, we would lose a significant number of our restaurants and small businesses in Vancouver, I’m absolutely sure of that, ”she said.

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With the good weather, Kirby-Yung said it was important for people not to be lulled into a false sense of security – and to follow security protocols even outside.

“Once you’re out and you’re in the sun, I think everyone is hungry for friends and family contacts and this social time. But now is just not the time to let your guard down, and it can be very easy to do that once you’re there, ”she said.

Asked about the party and how police were handling gatherings as the weather warmed up, a Vancouver Police spokesperson said no one called to file a complaint and police did not surrender to the beach.

Vancouver Park Council has said enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions is a provincial responsibility.

In a statement, a spokesperson said rangers would come out this weekend to brief on COVID-19 restrictions, but that “it is also the personal responsibility of individuals to remain extremely vigilant regarding the social distancing and stay in their central bubble. “

If the rangers come across a group of people blatantly ignoring public health orders, they can call the police, the spokesperson said.

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Kirby-Yung said she understood rangers were deployed to Kits Beach on Saturday.

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