New vacation rental rules in B.C., as active COVID-19 cases top 300

The number of active COVID-19 cases in British Columbia topped 300 on Thursday, as the province reported another 30 new diagnoses.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also reported another death, bringing the total number of fatalities in B.C. to 190.

Henry said people need to get serious about limiting their social interactions as cases continue to climb.

“For you and those you care for, to stay safe, we need you to keep your groups small,” said Henry, referring to the six-person group limit at restaurants as a good guideline.

“Only spend time with those you are closest to, those you know, and use your layers of protection when you are around others.”

She also announced a new public health order to limit the number of visitors to vacation rental properties and house boats.

Those restrictions come as B.C. holidaymakers flock to the Interior. That region is seeing a major uptick in new virus cases, following a series of exposures at private parties at the start of the month.

“We’ve seen the challenge, people get together and then they have parties, and they invite people over,” said Henry.

“It will be restrictions on the number of people based on the size of the houseboat or the boat or the room, but also restrictions on visitors that will be in those rental properties as well.”

B.C. has now reported 3,392 cases in total, 22 of which are epi-linked. Three-hundred and three of those cases are active, while 2,898 have recovered.

There were 16 people in hospital as of Thursday, with three of them in critical care.

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