BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has announced further restrictions on gatherings – specifically targeting “adult team” sports.
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For those wondering if the ban applies to their particular sport of choice, here are all the sports banned in BC under the new provincial health order.
- Combat sports
- Floor hockey
- Floor ringette
- Road hockey
- Ice hockey
- Martial arts
- Team skating
- Indoor bowling
- Lawn bowling
In addition, “low-intensity fitness activity like yoga, Pilates, tai chi, stretching and individual fitness activity is also suspended until new guidelines are available to resume these activities safely,” said Henry.
Structured child and youth programs and sport are permitted, she said, “but must meet and follow the ViaSport Phase 2 requirements.”
As for outdoor sports and activities, Henry said that from the outset, “we have spoken about the importance of getting outside and staying active. We have seen that if we maintain our distance, we can be outside, we can go to parks and play games without close contact.”
However, “we remind everyone that no matter where those activities are taking place, there is to be no travel and no spectators.”
On Wednesday, Henry shared a “cautionary tale” about a BC hockey team that defied the health order and contracted COVID-19 on a trip to Alberta. The trip resulted in dozens of people being infected, including family and coworkers, upon their return home.
The orders come as health officials announced on Wednesday that 834 new test-positive COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the province, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 34,728.
Broken down by health region, Henry said this equates to 174 new cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 529 in the Fraser Health region, 20 in the Island Health region, 66 in the Interior Health region, and 45 in the Northern Health region.
There were 12 more deaths as well, bringing the provincial death toll to 469.
Currently, 10,201 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
There are 337 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, 79 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.