There's been a ton of outrage online over some Vancouverites that had a little too much fun over the weekend. But when officials were asked about it, they didn't seem too upset. B.C.'s top doctor said Vancouver's crowded beaches were just a "visible minority" and that most have been good about staying indoors.
According to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry in her update Monday, May 11, the province is doing just fine. We're still on track to enter stage two of reopening next week, she said.
Over the weekend, Twitter and Instagram was completely flooded with pictures of the beaches packed tighter than a Florida spring break party. But Henry didn't seem concerned.
"We can sometimes get caught up in the small minority of people who are having too much fun," she said.
According to their plans, B.C. is trying its best not to reel back on lifting restrictions. Instead, Henry says they're trying to move forward as much as possible.
"We have taken the approach from the very beginning that if we provide people with the direction of what they need to do, the support they need to do it, that the vast majority of people do what is needed," she said.
According to Henry, most people in the province "recognize that if they're doing things that are going to increase the risk of spreading this virus, that it is their loved ones, their families, their communities, the people they live with that they'll take it home to."
Over the weekend of May 8 to May 10, it was so summery in Vancouver that it was even hotter than Malibu.
Earlier, The City of Vancouver had removed logs and closed parking lots at some of their most popular beaches to help promote physical distancing but after months spent staying at home, the images of packed beaches and parks can be surprising to see.
With the province moving full steam towards its reopening plans, Henry seems happy with how everything is going.
While some are outdoors, most people are following the rules, she said. The curve is still flat, with just new 23 cases confirmed over the past two days.