Over 300 physical distance warnings were given in Vancouver this weekend

Mar 30 2020, 2:27 pm

Vancouver Park Board rangers were busy over the weekend reminding residents to observe adequate physical distancing.

Both the Park Board and social media users noticed a spike in visitors on the seawall and in Stanley Park, especially when the sun was out.

Park Board Rangers warned more than 300 individuals and groups around Vancouver on Saturday and Sunday about physical distancing.

Christine Ulmer, spokesperson for the Park Board, said they “deployed rangers to the busiest locations around the city.”

A total of 431 reminders were issued over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 89 reminders were issued on Friday, 109 reminders were given on Saturday, and 233 were shared on Sunday.

Of the 233 warnings shared on Sunday, 122 were given in the morning and 111 were given in the afternoon.

Despite slightly optimistic news from BC Health Officials about the positive effects of social distancing, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry makes it clear that “we’re not out of the woods by any means yet.”

Last week, the City of Vancouver passed two bylaws, one of which allows enforcement orders to issue tickets for breaking orders issued by the City.

These tickets can reach a maximum fine of up to $1,000, although the City said it has no intention of ticketing individuals unless absolutely necessary.

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