BC issues emergency order to stop liquor sales at 8 pm on New Year’s Eve as part of pandemic measures

VICTORIA, B.C. – Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has issued an order requiring liquor sales in Brit…

VICTORIA, B.C. – Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has issued an order requiring liquor sales in British Columbia to stop at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow night, New Year’s Eve, to discourage gatherings as a way to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

According to Henry, this will include bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and grocery stores, and this order will only be in place for one night.

Bars will be required to close at 9:00 p.m., one hour after liquor sales must stop. Restaurants can remain open until 10:00 p.m.

The purpose is to curb alcohol-fuelled, irresponsible behaviour and “that celebratory party atmosphere later on in the evening”

Henry also announced that 14,027 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine have now been distributed and the distribution of the Moderna vaccine is now underway to Northern communities.

According to Henry, 485 new cases were confirmed across B.C., Wednesday, bringing the total to 51,300.

Active cases across the province stand at 7,551.

Hospitalizations in B.C. are at 379, with 77 of those in ICU.

The province’s death count now sits at 893.

9,320 people are currently under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases but does not include data from Northern Health.

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