Province prohibits drive-in events with more than 50 vehicles

Anyone operating an outdoor event proclaiming to be a drive-in, is now responsible for attendance, and vehicle counts, washrooms, sanitization, and more.

British Columbia's Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Friday amended her previously issued provincial health order to include gatherings of people, including gatherings of people in cars driving up to events.

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“I have reason to believe and do believe that the risk of an outbreak of COVID-19 among the public constitutes a health hazard under the Public Health Act,” reads Henry’s order announced Friday afternoon.

“A person who is the owner, occupier or operator of, or is otherwise responsible for, an indoor or outdoor place hosting an event, other than a drive in event, must not permit the gathering of more than 50 patrons for the purpose of the event,” reads Henry’s new order, announced Friday.

Anyone claiming credit and responsibility for a drive in event must provide bathrooms and handwashing facilities, soap, and a sanitary means for drying hands, and must not allow the sale of food at the drive-in.

Drive-in operators must not permit patrons to be present except in a vehicle, must not permit more than 50 vehicles to be present at the event, must inform patrons that they must stay in their vehicles except to use washroom facilities.

To avoid confusion, the province outlines this is any person(s) who own, occupy, operate, or are otherwise responsible for an outdoor, or indoor place, including a restaurant, drive-in theatre, recreation or arts centre, movie theatre, theatre, sports arena, hotel, hall, hotel, cemetery, festival site, fairground, casino, park, campsite, a place of worship, or any other indoor, or outdoor event.

“This Order does not have an expiration date,” notes the order.

“These new restrictions were created in response to, and because of, a number of proposed temporary pop-up parking lot drive-in and concert events, as they would lack the proper infrastructure and facilities," added a provincial spokesperson to Global News Saturday.

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