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Maximum gathering size will stay the same in Phase 3

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:59 PDT, Mon June 22, 2020

BC’s Phase 3 will bring increased activity, but with the same level of caution, BC health officials said today.

And provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s order for no more than 50 people at any gathering stands and will be in place until there is an effective treatment or vaccine for COVID-19. While more activities can get underway, it is still crucial to maintain a safe social distance from others and to keep groups small.

If you are considering travelling outside of your local community to another part of the province, be respectful of the communities you plan to visit this summer and take the same precautions you would at home. Some towns and regions who rely on tourism are eager to welcome visitors with safety measures in place, while others might not be ready to welcome people this summer.

“Respectful travel means maintaining safe social interactions, planning ahead and being prepared,” said Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

Before travelling, find out what services are available and be as self-sufficient as possible by bringing groceries and essential supplies to avoid putting an additional burden on smaller communities. If you become sick while travelling, self-isolate immediately and contact  local public health teams to get tested and get direction on whether you should go home or isolate in place.

Closed spaces, close contact and crowds are higher risk, so anything that involves these things needs to be done with caution. Use a cloth face covering or non-medical mask when a safe physical distance cannot always be maintained.

Henry and Dix also announced 32 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, for a total of 2,822 cases in the province. There was one new death in the Fraser Health region.

There were no new health-care facility outbreaks, with active outbreaks continuing at six long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care facility. There were also no new community outbreaks, and public health teams continue to provide support for the three remaining community locations.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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