BC health officials caution against large public demonstrations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health officials: consider alternative ways to peacefully demonstrate
Published 4:10 PDT, Wed June 3, 2020
During today’s BC COVID-19 update, health officials urged British Columbians to consider alternate means of demonstration rather than congregating in large public gatherings.
The same rules for safe physical distancing apply during demonstrations as at the grocery store, said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.
“Exercising our right to peaceful demonstration is extremely important, and equally important is keeping our communities, loved ones and friends safe during this pandemic,” they said. “Be mindful of the risks you are taking and continue to follow the order to limit gatherings to no more than 50 people.”
Safer demonstrations could include smaller gatherings in multiple locations, where safe physical distancing can be observed. Demonstrators can use a non-medical cloth mask for brief periods of close contact with others.
Dix and Henry also announced 22 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the confirmed total to 2,623. One more person died of causes related to the virus.
There were no new health-care facility outbreaks and two more outbreaks have now been declared over. In total, six long-term care or assisted-living facilities continue to have active outbreaks. Public health teams also continue to provide support for the seven ongoing community outbreaks.
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