It only took weeks of reminders, fines, and eventually provincial bylaw officers stepping in, but it seems like the province has finally gotten the memo. Social distancing in B.C. is being taken more seriously now. The streets, beaches, and parks are empty and it looks like any remaining #COVIDIOTs have finally gone home.

In an update on the morning of Thursday, March 26, reps for Vancouver said that people have really upped their social distancing game.

This improvement comes after the province announced new fines of up to $1000 for individuals.

However, a representative for Vancouver Bylaw told Narcity that this social distancing fine is not being enforced in the city.

"There is no City of Vancouver order for social distancing," the rep said. "The City of Vancouver is asking everyone in Vancouver to obey directives of the City and public health officials."*

Just days earlier, where so many people were out and about in the city and on the beaches that #COVIDIOTS started trending on Twitter. 

Between the public shame and the steep penalties for partying during the pandemic, more people are now staying inside. Thank goodness, too health officials have repeatedly said social distancing is the best way to curb the spread of COVID-19.

But although locals seem to be improving their ways, the city and the province are ramping up their responses.

On the morning of Thursday, March 26, B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnsworth said at a press conference that they're bringing in municipal bylaw officers to crack down on offenders.

If these officers catch anyone breaking the emergency bylaw, they can hand down a giant $25,000 fine or even throw them in prison. The move is "unprecedented."

In terms of COVID-19 cases, the province announced Thursday, March 26, that there are 66 new cases in the province. That brings the total up to 725 in the province, with 14 deaths so far.

All this time, officials have been repeating their message: practice social distancing (with the exception of the people you live with.)

This doesn't mean you can't go outside; if you do, just stay at least two metres from others. And please, lay off the beer pong.

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