BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there is “no reason at all” why people can’t gather with their “close household bubble” to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.
“I think Thanksgiving is an important time to remember and give thanks for those who we are closest to,” she said during a press conference on Thursday.
However, when it comes to large family gatherings, “this is not the year for that,” she said.
“We would not be recommending a large family gathering where – particularly elders and seniors – come from other places and get together with people who have had types of contacts,” she said.
Her comments come a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday it’s “all too likely” people won’t be gathering for Thanksgiving this year due to the pandemic.
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Henry’s comments come on the same day health officials confirmed 148 new test-positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 8,543.
Henry said that broken down by health region, this equates to 3,094 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 4,361 in the Fraser Health region, 203 in the Island Health region, 520 in the Interior Health region, 278 in the Northern Health region and 87 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
There were also two deaths in the past day, bringing the total number of virus-related fatalities in BC to 229.