BC to limit visitor numbers at vacation rental properties

Jul 23 2020, 1:55 pm

New restrictions around vacation property rental agreements in BC will limit the number of guests those renting the properties are allowed to host, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced on Thursday.

And while “everyone deserves to have a fun summer here in BC and across the world with what we’ve been dealing with over the last few months, it needs to be a safe summer as well,”said Henry during a noon-hour press conference.

As such, Henry said she will be introducing a new provincial order requiring those who rent vacation properties, including “boats, rooms, Airbnbs, houses, or houseboats” to limit the number of visitors and guests to those premises as part of their rental agreements.

This new order, she said, “will apply across the province,” and will be “another step that will ensure that we have those provisions in place that reduce the number of people who are gathering and the risk to all of us when this virus is transmitted.”

Henry said, “The order falls on the owner/operator to ensure that the restrictions are being followed and we can support that with local bylaw enforcement and public health enforcement.”

Henry said the order itself, along with specifics “will be available within the next day.”

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