HENRY: "Do not share food or drinks, and stay apart. Protect our families and each other."

Dr. Bonnie Henry underlined the importance of adhering to existing physical distancing rules as British Columbians head into the Victoria Day Long Weekend.

"If you are in a smaller venue or inside, it might be many many less than 50 people," said the provinces health officer.

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Henry noted that people gathering together have been the cause of spreading COVID-19 in British Columbia.

"The more people we have contact with, the more chance we have to spread the virus," she said, adding both minimizing the amount of people and using physical barriers. 

Henry with said the upcoming long weekend was not the time to add anyone to your new normal bubble. 

"The more people you see, the more chance they may have COVID-19. Each time you see someone new, you are connecting with their circle and bubble. This could be a lot of people."

Henry said all physical distancing rules will be in place for the weeks and months ahead.

"Don't change it up everyday, that is not going to be helpful. We need to commit for the next weeks and months."

Henry said if you are inviting friends to a BBQ, to think about consequence before lighting the grill.

"If you have elderly people or those with needs, this is not the time to host these events," she said.

"The fewer people you will see, the less chance you bring it into your home and families."

Henry noted buffet style serving at a BBQ was not a good idea, rather individual servings at best.

"Do not share food or drinks, and stay apart. Protect our families and each other."

British Columbia's health officer Adrian Dix said this weekend was not the time to travel, unless it was essential. 

"This is a good weekend to stay at home, stay with the ones you love and not to travel."

Henry underlined and re-iterated that physical distancing rules will continue to stay in place.

 "This order will be in place for the foreseeable future," she said.

"Use this weekend to think this through. How will you safely introduce new people to your personal circle?"


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