As COVID-19 cases spike in B.C., the city's beaches are feeling fuller than even before the pandemic. A giant poster of Dr. Bonnie Henry's head is watching over Vancouver's Third Beach. The guerrilla art shows a disapproving face of the provincial health officer that could remind those who would disregard physical distancing best practices that she's not amused.

Locals are growing more and more outraged at partying youths after a massive drum circle flooded the popular Vancouver Third Beach with bodies on Tuesday, July 21.

If you're planning on partying on the sand now, however, you'll have to do so under the watchful eyes Dr. Bonnie Henry.

An enormous poster of Henry's disappointed face popped up on the beach Saturday morning, July 25. The face is held up in the air by a thick white post, where it gazes over the beach, unamused by all that it sees.

Vancouver street artist ihatestencils was behind the guerilla art pop up, according to posts on Instagram. "There’s a new lifeguard on duty at Third Beach," they wrote in their Instagram post.

Instagram was soon flooded by photos of Henry's disembodied head eerily looking over the beach. "No more drum circles please. Listen to Dr. Bonnie “bigger spaces, fewer faces," wrote one poster.

Narcity has reached out to ihatestencils for comment and we will update this story when we receive a response.

In her daily update on Wednesday, July 22, Henry said she was aware of the drum circle and noted that being outdoors doesn't mean you're completely safe from COVID-19.

"Being outside means it's less risky. But it's not zero risk," she said, reminding locals to stick with smaller groups.

The packed drum circle follows a giant spike in COVID-19 cases in B.C. — over the three days right before the drum circle happened, 102 new cases were confirmed in the province.

On Friday, July 17, 51 new cases were identified — the highest one-day jump in three months, since Monday, April 27.

What's more, most of the new cases are Millennials in their twenties and thirties.

But hopefully, there won't be too many new gatherings now that Henry's watching over them.

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