New restrictions surrounding vacation property rentals in British Columbia come into effect today, announced health officials.
After verbally introducing the amendment last week, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that she would be limiting the number of guests that a vacation property is allowed to host.
“Today I’ve amended the order on mass gatherings, to limit the number of people in short term rentals and vacation accommodations,” she told reporters.
She adds that the order applies to houses, boat rentals, cabins, yurts, as well as hotel rooms.
The number of occupants will be limited to the capacity of the space, plus a maximum of five visitors.
The measure applies across the entire province and is being implemented to reduce the number of people that are gathering while limiting the risk of transmission for COVID-19.
“That means you cannot have a large group of people over to party in your hotel room or on your boat during this period of our COVID summer,” says Henry. “It is the responsibility of the owner of the property to assure the order is adhered to and to ensure that contact tracing is collected for everyone, guests and visitors alike.”
Henry added the responsibility to enforce the order is on the “owner of the property to ensure that this is in place.”
She added that compliance checks have been increasing in the province.
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