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B.C.'s top doctor says COVID-19 limit on large gatherings under review

Last Updated Jun 9, 2020 at 9:31 pm PDT

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer. (Courtesy B.C. Government)

A 50-person limit for any gatherings may be expanded in a few weeks

BC's top doctor says limits on gathers are under review since as the province reports four days without COVID-19 deaths

She's also looking into easing restrictions for swimming pools

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — B.C.’s top doctor is open to expanding her 50-person limit on gatherings, but only in places where the risk of COVID-19 is low.

On Tuesday, Dr. Bonnie Henry said restrictions are under review as we mark four days without a death, but lifting restrictions is all a balancing act.

“We are running the risk of more cases and more outbreaks. You know, very recently in Germany, there was a church gathering where they were supposedly maintaining their safe distance, and 107 of the congregants became ill, and three people died.”

Henry also said when thinking about lifting restrictions for large venues, recognizing the potential risk of transmission is essential.

“It’s not about trying to punish businesses. It’s trying to find ways that we can safely enjoy restaurants, go to retail stores [and] safely visit our loved ones in care homes.”

The same thought is also going into potentially easing restrictions for swimming pools where people are able to stay at least two metres apart.

Henry says that, while the virus can not be transmitted in chlorinated water or salt waters, reopening pools can be risky if people don’t physically distance from the pool or locker room.

“There will need to be measured in place to reduce numbers, that we’re not having close contact with people in the locker room. I think that’s something that we can look forward to in the coming weeks.”