Province issues new order for events, as well as restaurants, liquor service

Province says dance floors shoud be shut down.

The province of British Columbia says businesses are holding an event - a barrier must be up between the audience and performer - and every one in attendance at events, must now give their name to businesses hosting the event.

The additional changes came Thursday with a provincial health order from BC's Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.

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New measure now mean all patrons will be required to remain seat, no getting up to order from a lounge bar, and that groups in restaurants should be limited to six. Dance floors are to be shut down.

"If there is an event on the premises, you must a. collect the first and last name and telephone number, or email address, of every patron; and b. retain this information for thirty days, in case there is a need for contact tracing on the part of the medical health officer, in which case you must provide the information to the medical health officer," reads a new order signed yesterday.

Henry spoke Thursday about businesses looking for loopholes in wording and legislation.  Her new order notes that an "event" refers to anything which gathers people together whether on a one-time, regular or irregular basis, including a ceremony or celebration of any type, reception, musical, theatrical or dance entertainment or performance, live band performance, disc jockey performance, strip dancing, comedic act, art show, magic show, puppet show, fashion show, book signing, reading, recitation, display, movie, film, meeting, lecture, talk, educational session, auction, fund raising benefit, contest, quiz, game, rally, festival, presentation, demonstration, or sporting or other physical display, but does not include music provided by live performers or a disc jockey for the sole purpose of providing background music while patrons are eating or drinking.

The order further notes however that "if live music is provided during an event a physical barrier must be installed between the performers and the patrons which blocks the transmission of droplets produced by performers, and there must be at least a three metre separation between performers and patrons."

Read the complete order here https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-nightclubs-food-drink.pdf?bcgovtm=20200506_GCPE_AM_COVID_11_NOTIFICATION_BCGOVNEWS_BCGOV_EN_BC__NOTIFICATION

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