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Kelowna houseboat party shutdown on Easter long weekend: Dr. Bonnie Henry

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April 08, 2021 - 4:15 PM

At least one illegal event was shutdown in the Interior Health region over the Easter long weekend as numerous parties were held.

One of those seems to have been a houseboat party in Kelowna with more than 20 people on board.

“There were a number of events that we heard about in the Interior over this past weekend,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said during a news briefing today, April 8, in response to a question about the Kelowna houseboat party.

She pointed out that the organizers of such events and businesses involved in them are subject to fines, as are participants.

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“We cannot be having this type of event right now,” Dr. Henry said. “There was another event where people were coming from Alberta and Saskatchewan and other places and when we found out about that, it was shut down as well.”

She did not say where or what that event was.

A number of parties in Kelowna last summer triggered orders to limit the number of people who could stay in rental accommodations. Other orders are in place to try to prevent people from socializing outside their immediate household bubbles.

“We have an order that restricts vacation rentals and vacation accommodations – and houseboats fall into that – from having people partying, from having gatherings in those settings and we have enhanced those orders recently so those should not be happening,” Dr. Henry said.

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