New Year's Eve liquor sales limited by new health order

As B.C. reports 485 new cases of COVID-19, Dr. Henry limits alcohol sales on New Year's Eve to prevent further spread

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has issued an order barring liquor sales from 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 9 a.m. New Year's Day.

The order applies liquor sales for on-site and off-site consumption, including restaurants, bars, pubs and retail liquor stores.

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The purpose of the order on the last day of the year, she said, is to reduce the late-night consumption of alcohol and curb further spread of COVID-19, which has increased infection rates when people gather, especially with alcohol involved.

The new order came during the daily COVID-19 briefing by the province, which reported 485 new cases and 11 further deaths due to the disease over the past 24 hours.

B.C.'s active case count now stands at 7,551, some 2,000 fewer active cases than earlier in December.

Of those cases, 57 are in the Interior Health region. Elsewhere in the province, there were 117 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 211 in Fraser Health, 16 in Vancouver Island Health and 84 in Northern Health.

A total of 369 people are now in hospital, with 77 of those in critical care.

More than 9,320 people are under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

Henry also provided an update on B.C.'s effort to vaccinate the province against the virus, reporting a total of 14,027 doses adminstered as of Wednesday.

Interior Health said there are 36 people in hospital in the region as of Wednesday, with six of those in critical care. The region now has 636 active cases.

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