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Canada COVID-19: The time for asking nicely is over in Vancouver

09:05  23 march  2020
09:05  23 march  2020 Source:   vancouversun.com

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a group of people walking down the street: Walkers and runners along English Bay as health officials have recommended strict social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Metro Vancouver. © NICK PROCAYLO Walkers and runners along English Bay as health officials have recommended strict social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Metro Vancouver. Opinion Editor’s note: Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

We are all CONVID-19, to mangle an old slogan of a local hockey team.

“Half the city is in the same situation as us, we’re all in this together,” Angela Zelensky said as she and her friend Valerie Matte stretched and worked out at the Kits Beach park.

The two were laid off from their restaurant jobs over the weekend. 

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“I’m taking it day-to-day, trying not to stress about the money yet,” Matte added.

Like most people on Sunday who were seen at Kits along the water and at English Bay, Matte and Zelensky were keeping their distance, working with pulleys hooked to branches or using a park bench as a training prop, staying two metres apart.

“We’re being mindful,” Zelensky said. “I’ve noticed people moving out of the way walking down the street.

“This is new, it’s taking a few days I think for us to get the feel for it.

“It’s shocking, nothing like this has ever happened in our lives, not since the Spanish Flu.”

Zelensky has been reading about the 1918 flu pandemic to try to get a grasp of what we’re in store for. And like everyone else, she doesn’t know.

“I think the more people who hear (today’s medical warnings), the better we’ll be.”

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Over by the closed basketball courts, people lined up at the Shameless Buns food truck leaving lots of room between them. Others walked up and — you can’t really call it cutting in because human nature and habit are what they are — but people saw an empty space and walked into it to be next in line.

They were apologetic, at least while under observation, when they realize what they’d done.

A day earlier, however, when the sun shone and the weather was much warmer, social media was flooded with examples of people ignoring the pleas to practice social distancing.

So on Sunday the city of Vancouver closed its basketball and tennis courts, volleyball and soccer pitches, sports fields, bike and skateboard parks, golf courses and 166 playgrounds, and moved the giant logs along the English Bay beaches.

During a press conference late Sunday afternoon, the mayor, fire chief and city staff expressed frustration that, unlike on a cool and cloudy Sunday, there were all sorts of reported group public gatherings on a warm and sunny Saturday, including a wedding at Crescent Beach, full soccer fields and groups huddled closely together on beaches.

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a group of people on a sidewalk:  Scenes from the Downtown Eastside as health officials have recommended strict social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Metro Vancouver. © NICK PROCAYLO Scenes from the Downtown Eastside as health officials have recommended strict social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Metro Vancouver.

And don’t get Mayor Kennedy Stewart going about the beer pong matches — a drinking game in which you attempt to throw a Ping-Pong ball into someone else’s beer, which he or she then has to drink.

“The vast majority of residents and businesses have been outstanding members of our community, all abiding by these rules, but too many did not,” Stewart said. “The time of asking nicely is coming to and end.”

Parking areas at high-traffic beaches and parks will be closed, but for the moment the city won’t be fining people who violate the gathering injunction and two-metre rule, although a proposed bylaw council will vote on Monday could give the city the power to do so.

Officials stress they want people to still get out into nature, to exercise, but to take social distancing seriously

“For now, fun can wait,” Vancouver park board general manager Malcolm Bromley said.

Elsewhere on Sunday, the president of Doctors of B.C., Dr. Kathleen Ross, urged physicians across the province to reach out and offer clear guidance.

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“It is especially important at a time when we continue to see some of our younger people congregating and socializing, putting not just themselves at risk, but their parents and grandparents,” she wrote.

She urged physicians to take the unusual step of emailing patients directly, take to social media and come up with other innovative ideas to get the message out.

And at Providence Health Care, Dr. Tracy Scott, general surgeon at St. Paul’s and Mountain Saint Joseph’s hospitals, reiterated the social distancing.

“Many of you are already adhering to these recommendations,” she said in a letter to media. “But many of you are not.

“Perhaps some people do not believe they will become sick or don’t understand they can carry and spread the virus to more compromised members of our society. This lack of action will cost lives.

“Please trust the experts and stay home. We fear an influx of patients that the system cannot handle. When you look back on this unprecedented time in our history, how did you act?”

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