BC Health Minister Adrian Dix had a stern warning for partygoers this weekend as COVID-19 cases in the province continue to rise.
During a press conference on Thursday, Dix said British Columbians need to think twice before planning or choosing to attend a party.
“If you’re thinking of organizing a party, especially one involving alcohol where there’s no specific limits on distancing that you’re putting in place, you should not do so,” Dix said during a press conference on Thursday. “And if you’re invited to such a party by a friend and they are not able to provide assurances, my advice is not to go.”
Driving his point home further, Dix said that this weekend, “if you have banquet halls where a private party takes place, you will be seeing environmental health officers and people in public health, and it’s our expectation that the limits on the number of people at parties will be in place this weekend.”
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Everywhere in BC “that we can get at, we’re going to ensure that that expectation is followed,” said Dix. “And should it not be followed, inevitably, consequences must follow.”
The health minister’s warning came the same day that health officials presented new COVID-19 modelling data that showed new cases in the 20-29 age group outpacing other age groups.
“We’ve started to see a rapid increase over the last few weeks in younger people,” said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday. “That’s reflected in some of the numbers that we’re seeing as well as the discussion we’ve had over the last few weeks of exposure events, particularly social events, parties, get-togethers.”
And it’s at these kinds of gatherings where “younger people are coming together and the virus is being spread,” she added.