As people celebrate Halloween, Interior Health is urging the public to be cautious as BC moves through the second wave of COVID-19.
Interior Health said the rise in cases is reflected across B.C. and it is important everyone does their part to reduce the risk of further exposures in our communities.
“I join with Dr. Bonnie Henry in encouraging those of you who wish to celebrate Halloween to do so outdoors, in small groups and safely,” said Dr. Albert De Villiers, chief medical health officer for Interior Health in a statement.
“The Provincial Health Officer has issued a new order on household visitors, which means households cannot have more than six people of any age visit at one time.”
Friday, Interior Health reported seven new COVID-19 cases in the region, bringing the total to 741 since the start of the pandemic. There are 87 people in isolation with no one in hospital.
Provincially, there were 272 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 14,381. There was also one new COVID-19 related death.
The Provincial Health Officer has issued a new order on household visitors, which means households cannot have more than six people of any age visit at one time.
“The order applies to all gatherings – indoor and outdoor – hosted at households, such as a Halloween or large dinner party, celebration of life, wedding or baby shower,” said Dr. De Villiers.
“I know these restrictions are challenging, but I urge everyone to look at alternate ways to celebrate Halloween and other events at this time,” Dr. De Villiers added.
People wanting to enjoy Halloween safely should follow the guidelines set out by the BCCDC.
Additional details on the new PHO order are available here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/gatherings-at-private-homes
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