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COVID-19: Will I be able to have a 130-guest wedding in B.C. next spring?

Last Updated Aug 30, 2020 at 10:35 pm PDT

Gatherings of 50 or more people, including weddings, won't be allowed until the fourth phase of B.C.'s plan to re-open the economy. (Pexels photo: Emma Bauso )
Summary

Gatherings of 50 or more people banned until vaccine, treatment or her immunity

COVID-19 vaccine could be available in a matter of months

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Question:

Diane: “Is there a possibility that wedding venues will be open in late spring 2021? Or gatherings for 130 people?”

Answer:

It’s possible, but there’s no guarantees.

That’s because the 50-person limit on gatherings will apply until B.C. enters the fourth stage of its Restart Plan – which won’t happen until there is widespread vaccination, proven effective treatments or community immunity for COVID-19.

While vaccines typically take years to be developed, the unprecedented amount of resources being put into the development of a COVID-19 vaccine could make one available much sooner.

The World Health Organization is tracking the development of 131 vaccine candidates around the world, 10 of which are in various stages of clinical evaluation. The rest are still in preclinical evaluation.

Only time will tell which – if any – prove to effectively inoculate people against COVID-19.

A COVID-19 vaccine will likely be available in a matter of months, not years, predicts Dr. Gary Kobinger, director of the Research Centre on Infectious Diseases at Laval University in Quebec.

He said vaccines usually take more than a decade to reach the market, but in this case, with so many of the world’s brightest minds working on the problem, the work is going much faster than usual.

With files from the Canadian Press

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