Let the good times roll but do it carefully and cautiously. BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has a new guide that tells people how to have fun safely during COVID-19. It includes information on sharing drinks, hooking up and where to have gatherings.
B.C. has put out the "Good Times Guide" for people to consult to figure out the best way to have a blast during a pandemic.
"Spread fun – not COVID-19," Dr. Henry said in the guide.
According to this how-to handbook on fun, community outbreaks of COVID-19 in B.C. have been linked back to good times.
People from 20 years old to 40 years old have apparently spread the virus at house parties, bars, restaurants and other places to their families, friends and even strangers.
So the B.C. government is asking people to help stop the spread by following Dr. Henry's recommendations.
"Don't get stuck in self-isolation for 14 days, or worse – get sick, because you shared beers at a party or made out with someone with COVID-19," the guide said.
Premier John Horgan took to Twitter to tell people about the new guidelines and ask everyone in B.C. to follow what Dr. Henry has suggested.
“Spread fun – not COVID-19." – Dr. Bonnie Henry Follow the dos and dont's in this helpful guide to keep each other… https://t.co/jsWRz8deFN— John Horgan (@John Horgan)1596297936.0
Dr. Henry is advising you to stay home if you're feeling sick even if it's nothing severe so that nothing spreads.
You should hang out with people you know and have a designated contact keeper who trackers who you're with and their contact information.
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If you're with other people, don't pass around things that have been in your mouth like drinks, cigarettes, blunts and vapes.
It's also important to stay outside as it's safer for everyone and easier to maintain a two-metre distance away from people.
Hanging out in small groups is also recommended.
We all love good times. Listen to Dr. Bonnie Henry: "Play safe and stay safe" this long weekend. Only meet up with… https://t.co/pwuPnJvxwZ— BC Government News (@BC Government News)1596227407.0
If you aren't in someone's bubble, Dr. Henry is advising you to stay two meters away from them. You should also ask for consent before getting close to anyone.
Cleaning your hands often is also something else to do either with soap and water for 20 seconds or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
It's also good to check in on loved ones about their mental health and offer your support.
If you're hooking up, Dr. Henry wants you to pass on doing it with someone who has any COVID-19 symptoms. Using protection is also important!
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control also has guidelines for having sex during the COVID-19 pandemic and it includes using glory holes so there's no close face-to-face contact.
A huge poster of Dr. Henry's head complete with a disapproving look has been put up at Vancouver's Third Beach after people were gathering there in large numbers.