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Packed party buses in Vancouver raise concerns during pandemic

Last Updated Aug 10, 2020 at 7:55 pm PDT

Summary

Reports of packed party buses have recently surfaced, raising questions over why they're operating during COVID-19

The owner of 604 Limo says the lack of structure for the industry is an issue

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Party buses have been operating through the pandemic despite confusion whether or not this is allowed.

Reports of packed party buses operating in Vancouver surfaced recently.

One video posted by Silverstar Limo appears to show a wedding group partying on one of the company’s buses over the weekend. The post has since been taken down, and CityNews has reached out to the company.

Todd Curley, the owner of 604 Limo, claims to have only taken one job during the pandemic, allowing nine people in a 20-person bus. He says the problem is a lack of structure for the industry.

“I have not seen any type of information come from passenger transportation, the transportation department, whoever governs ICBC,” he says.

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Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry addressed the issue at Monday’s COVID-19 briefing.


“We do have orders that apply to restaurants and pubs and nightclubs, and party buses. If they’re all people that are part of your social bubble, then they’re smaller than 50, maybe it works,” she said. “But I still have concerns about that.”

A manager at Vancouver’s Hotel Belmont claims a group of people coming off a party bus were denied entry to the bar, however, a rider on that bus has disputed some of the specifics of this.

“I’m not surprised,” Curley says. “I’ve seen a handful of companies running, posting on social media. And, in fact, even on a personal time being in Vancouver, in the downtown core, noticing a lot of the random flagger limos that we talk about that picked up from the nightclubs.”