Dr. Bonnie Henry made the comments Wednesday, when she and the province's premier and health minister outlined fall and winter plans for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
She also ordered liquor sales in all bars, pubs, and restaurants to cease at 10 p.m., while those venues must close at 11 p.m. unless they are providing full meal service.
There are two new deaths on in the Fraser Health Region and one in Vancouver Coastal Health.
The cases were part of 429 new confirmed cases across British Columbia and bring the total number of active cases to 1,386.
Across the province, 1386 cases are considered active, and over three thousand people are under active health monitoring due to exposure to a known case.
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She said the new restrictions also place noise limits on pubs, lounges and restaurants to limit close contacts between people.
"We adjusted the orders to try and make it a safer environment for people but it in turn makes it more challenging to protect those who are more vulnerable to serious illness".
Henry says she needs to impose stricter health restrictions because COVID-19 cases were linked to clubs and halls.
"In recent weeks, public health teams have been heavily focused on responding to community clusters and exposure events in these higher-risk, uncontrolled locations that have been a major source of transmission since the start of our Phase 3 reopening", Henry said. Another 116 were reported during the next 24-hour period, followed by days of 107 and 83 cases, respectively. Being with people outside our close household bubble for a prolonged period of time "is now a risk too", Henry said.
Music and background sounds must not be louder than the volume of normal conversation in those venues.
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For governments, widespread stay-at-home orders can be avoided if they take temporary, geographically targeted interventions. These are cases of crowds in stadiums, nightclubs, places of worship and other places of mass gathering.
32 people are in hospital and 12 are in intensive care.
"It is the time for all of us to cut back on our social interactions...this is what we all need to do right now to reduce our risk of contracting COVID-19 for ourselves and for everyone around us."-Dr".
"This is the balance that we all need to find if we are going to weather the storm of the respiratory season ahead that will inevitably create added complexities for all of us".
The province also reported two additional fatalities from the long weekend, the 213th so far in B.C.
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