A houseboat operator in Kelowna has voluntarily ceased operations for 3 weeks, based on Inside Well being.
On Saturday night, a houseboat operated by Kelowna Cruises was caught on digicam pulling right into a downtown Kelowna dock with what gave the impression to be no less than 20 folks.
“The operator voluntarily ceased operations for 3 weeks and won’t be re-starting operations till the environmental well being officer approves their new COVID security plan,” Inside Well being mentioned in an e-mail to World Information.
Whereas the precise variety of party-goers isn’t recognized, the regional well being authority mentioned it was too many.
“The operator had too many patrons on the boat and allowed patrons to be out of their seats and mingling,” mentioned IHA.
Talking at her common Thursday briefing, Dr. Bonnie Henry mentioned there are strict pointers in place for celebration boats.
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“We can’t be having one of these occasion proper now,” Henry mentioned.
“We have now an order that restricts trip leases and trip lodging, and houseboats fall into that, from having folks partying, from having gatherings in these settings and now we have enhanced these orders just lately.”
World Information reached out to Kelowna Cruises for remark, however has but to obtain a reply.
Notably, in a Fb put up from August 2020, Kelowna Cruises acknowledged that the security of its passengers and crew was of utmost significance.
The put up went on to say that all through the 2020 season, it had been proactive concerning COVID-19 insurance policies and procedures, and that it has corresponded recurrently with Inside Well being and the B.C Centre for Illness Management as to the best way to function safely.
Henry mentioned fines continued to be issued to these not adhering to public well being orders.
“There are fines for not solely the folks organizing these and the companies which are permitting this to occur, but additionally for people who find themselves attending in contravention of the orders,” she mentioned.
However on this case, it doesn’t seem the operator shall be slapped with any fines.
“Presently, no tickets or additional enforcement is being thought of,” IHA mentioned in its e-mail assertion.
Kelowna Cruises has till April 24 to develop a security plan, which needs to be permitted by IHA earlier than the corporate can resume operations.
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