BC orders all salons and spas closed to prevent coronavirus spread

Mar 21 2020, 1:30 pm

BC health officials have ordered all salons, spas and personal care businesses closed in the province, to help combat the spread of coronavirus.

Making the announcement at press conference on Saturday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the nature of these businesses means workers are having close contact with clients, and said they needed to shut until further notice to prevent coronavirus transmission.

Many salons and spas have already closed, Henry said, but the order encompasses any that were still operating. Vancouver has also ordered restaurants to shutter their dine-in rooms, and the city has closed many public facilities such as pools, community centres, and libraries.

BC has seen 424 COVID-19 cases so far, the most of any province.

Henry reported 74 new cases and one new death Saturday. Once again, she called on people to physically distance themselves in order to flatten the epidemiological curve of new infections.