New COVID-19 health order restricts gatherings in private homes restricted, after BC announces record new cases
Kúkwpi7 Skalúlmecw asks for the community to comply with current safety protocols.

After a record 817 new cases of COVID-19 were reported the weekend of October 16 -19, Dr. Bonnie Henry released a new Health Order restricted the size of gatherings and announcing that masks now an “expectation” in all public places. The number of new cases over the three days is the highest BC has experienced since the onset of the pandemic.

“This is a bit of a sobering weekend for us,” Dr. Henry said in her address.

The new provincial health order restricts gatherings in private homes to no more than immediate household members and a “safe six” additional people. Dr. Henry acknowledged that this might be difficult for people, but was something we all had to do as a community to reduce transmission of the virus.

“It’s become apparent to health officials that gatherings of fewer than 50 people are not necessarily safe. I encourage all of our people to stick to gatherings consisting of their own family and their ‘safe six,’ the people in your bubble,” says Kúkwpi7 Skalúlmecw Chief Dean Nelson. “While masks are not mandatory, I encourage everyone to wear a mask whenever they are in public.”

As well, Dr. Henry asked that everyone continue to follow other COVIOD-safety rules such as physical distancing, frequent hand washing and staying home if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

“To get through our COVID-19 storm, it requires all of us to do our part “No exceptions, no workarounds, no trying to get around the very few important rules we have in place,” said Dr. Henry.

There are currently 2,325 active cases of Covid-19. The total number of people being monitored in BC because of potential exposure to the virus was, as of Monday, 5,077. To date, 13,371 people have had confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province.

“I ask everyone to continue to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols, “said Kúkwpi7 Skalúlmecw.

“By working together, we can keep our community safe.”