Social isolation might be the new normal for many in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but some Victoria residents refuse to let the warm spring weather go to waste.
While public gatherings larger than 50 people have been banned, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control says the order does not apply to environments which allow for distance between people.
That’s why flute player Winnie Cooper spent her Thursday afternoon at the beach off of Dallas Road, serenading passersby.
Cooper usually plays with her ensemble, Voice of the Heart, at senior’s centres. She is also a member of Homespun, a Victoria-based bluegrass folk band based in Victoria. With both those projects on hold, Cooper took her music to the beach.
“It’s lovely and sunny and I wanted to play my flute and entertain a bit for people…just to bring a bit of joy,” she said. “Joy to this beautiful day that is going on.”
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has ordered the public to stay one metre apart from one another, cover coughs and wash their hands frequently in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
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