Nightclubs, banquet halls must close again during COVID-19

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"We now need to put our focus and attention on the important things", Henry said.

"(That's) because people, whether it's a private party, whether it's at a banquet hall, whether it's in a nightclub are typically not connected to each other, and it's extremely time-consuming to find people". "Now is the time for all of us to go back to our smaller, safer social interactions".

But Henry said that British Columbians need to begin reducing their social interactions again, and shrinking gathering sizes again, as the virus and hospitalizations begin to tick back up.

But, she added, it's crucial to strike a balance where the economy, education system and health system are all working.

Henry recommended returning to a bubble of five or six people, and maintaining distance with people outside that group.

Dr. Henry and Minister Dix said there have been two new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 213 deaths in British Columbia.

"The location may be different, but the risks in these uncontrolled environments are similar - being indoors, in close face-to-face contact with a number of people for an extended period of time, and in many cases, with alcohol".

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The BCCDC posts COVID-19 case counts per local health area.

The new measures come as the province reported 429 cases of COVID-19 over the Labour Day long weekend, nine of which were in the Interior, for a provincial total of 6,591 cases, 460 in the Interior. From Friday to Saturday there were 123 new cases, from Saturday to Sunday an additional 116, from Sunday to Monday 107, and from Monday to midday today an additional 83.

A record 3,063 people are under public health monitoring because of exposures to positive cases. September 6 to 7 we had 107 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we have had a further 83 new cases.

Of 1,386 active cases, 32 people are in hospital, including 12 in intensive care.

In Northern Health the region has seen another 12 infections, marking a new total of 186.

She said the province has been tracking COVID-19 cases in the southern hemisphere which is just coming out of its influenza season.

There have been three new healthcare outbreaks in the lower mainland, including a second one at the Holy Family Hospital after the original outbreak was declared over several weeks ago. There were also two new deaths in long-term care, bringing the death toll to 212 people.

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