Mayor won't say if COVID-19 cluster found in Kelowna is concerning

Basran follows Dr.'s lead

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran spoke for the first time Monday about a COVID-19 cluster announced late Friday by Interior Health.

At least eight people from the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Interior have tested positive for the virus after attending private gatherings in Kelowna.

When asked if he was concerned, Basran directed comments to those from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry who has permitted travel within the province.

"I think she has stated that yes, there is going to be transmission and cases as a result of opening things up," said Basran.

"So, we'll just have to monitor and see what she says as the numbers come out each day."

In a prepared statement near the end of Monday's council meeting, Basran reiterated the city continues to follow Dr. Henry's lead, adding the province has not implemented travel restrictions within the country.

"So, we know people are going to come to Kelowna."

"However, Dr. Henry has asked that people coming to our communities from outside regions to use their “travel manners” and respect the physical distancing rules and proper hygiene orders.

"If people don’t do that, the risk of COVID transmission is going to increase… so everyone needs to continue to take this health risk seriously and take the necessary precautions."

Basran noted the city has taken steps to assist local businesses, knowing that tourists will be coming, by expanding commercial space onto the sidewalk and the street.

He also stated those businesses must have an approved COVID-19 safety plan.

"Our bylaw enforcement staff and RCMP bike patrols are visiting parks and beaches to educate people on the need to physical distance when they see crowding in one area.

"Once again, Dr. Henry has said that outdoor activities with adequate physical distancing are permitted.

"She has also said that if people can’t maintain the level of responsibility that helped us have one of the best responses to limit COVID transmission in North America, then we may need to go back to the Phase 2 level of public health orders.

"So, it’s pretty simple… keep a safe distance from others, wash your hands, stay home if you feel sick and consider wearing a mask in small indoor spaces where physical distancing isn’t possible."

Basran concluded by saying people need to remain vigilant, because we've seen "how quickly a few lapses in judgement can turn into a serious problem."

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