VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The Super Bowl has come and gone, and it sounds like some people followed the rules when it came to not attending any big viewing parties Sunday.
Anyone worried about big super-spreading Super Bowl events might be relieved to hear the game went down without major incident in Vancouver. According to the VPD, officers did respond to five complaints of social gatherings and only one was deemed unlawful.
Inside Dan Wood’s sports bar, Yagger’s in Kitsilano, it was a very different scene from what he’s used to seeing on Super Bowl Sunday.
“It wasn’t madness … Everyone sat at their table, and had their Caesar and their food,” he says.”It was a nice, quiet, understated, happy little group, they all had fun – it was a good time,” he tells CityNews.
His bar hosted 40 people on Sunday, and like other sports bars in Vancouver, he hosted Super Bowl screenings.
Wood explains his bar wasn’t allowed to do certain things leading up to game day.
“We had to not do any prizing, promotions, no give-aways – in the past we’d give away a jersey and so forth. Keep the volume down, that’s the one thing they stipulate. You can’t have the sound cranked for the game, he explains.
Wood adds, he thinks people in the province are getting used to the protocols.
“I know people are COVID-exhausted … but I think they realize this is the way it is and we have to abide by the rules.”
Meanwhile, Surrey RCMP says it handed out one ticket for $2,300 after busting a gathering at a home where eight people attended.
WorkSafe is still going over its data to see if any restaurants or businesses broke the rules.
During Monday’s COVID health update, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said she wanted to thank everyone who stayed home to watch the big game or went out with their close group to the restaurant sector.
“I want to say thank you to that sector to our restaurants or food and beverage sector for, and the people who were there this weekend for doing your part this weekend to help us continue to flatten our curve and support people to watch the game in a safe way,” she added.
“As we have seen the choices we make today, as well as the plans we make for tomorrow, make a difference. And just as you did this past weekend.”
During the briefing, she said she hopes British Columbians will continue to be safe for the upcoming Family Day weekend.