B.C. Green Party to cancel all in-person public events until further notice

March 11, 2020

VICTORIA B.C. – Beginning today, the B.C. Green Party will cancel all in-person public events to reduce the risk of community transmission of COVID-19.

“Today, I issued instructions to all staff, volunteers and leadership campaigns to immediately cancel all in-person public events and to convene online when possible,” said party executive director Andrew Brown. “Based on current health information from the World Health Organization and Health Canada, all factors indicate that we need to concentrate our efforts on reducing the risk of community transmission of COVID-19. This decision was made in coordination with our MLAs and the Leadership Contest Committee. The health and safety of our communities is of the utmost importance. While this is disappointing for everyone involved in organizing upcoming riding association AGMs, leadership campaign events and other gatherings, we are asking everyone to contribute and take necessary actions to reduce the risk of transmission. These instructions will remain in effect until further notice. We are monitoring the situation closely and keep communication open as it evolves.”

“It is extremely important that we take care of ourselves and our communities during this uncertain time,” said interim leader Adam Olsen. “Our party takes this situation very seriously. We are grateful for the exemplary work of Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix in keeping the public informed of the government’s response to the spread of COVID-19. I ask that everyone follow the simple instructions that can limit the spread of this virus: wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, cough and sneeze into your elbows or tissues, avoid handshakes, stay home if you are ill, and avoid organizing or attending non-essential public gatherings. We recognize taking time off work is not financially feasible for many and we look to the federal government for continued and increasing support to ensure patients can self isolate as required.”

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