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Large crowd gathers at Vancouver’s Sunset Beach on 4-20 despite COVID-19 restrictions

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Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, the haze was still hanging around Sunset Beach for people celebrating 4-20 Tuesday night. Andrea MacPherson has more on the unofficial event and the who showed up – Apr 21, 2021

A large crowd gathered at Vancouver’s Sunset Beach on Tuesday night for 4-20, the annual day of celebrating cannabis culture.

The social media account for 420 Vancouver said there was no official event held in the city this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and urged people to stay home.

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Organizers said 420 Vancouver celebrations were going digital with participants able to tune in to Pot TV and Cannabis Life Network for the event.

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Nevertheless, around 200 to 300 people gathered at Vancouver’s Sunset Beach on Tuesday night. While not an official 4-20 event, there were vendors on hand.

Anti-mask and anti-restriction signs were seen as a separate rally took place at the same spot.

Read more: Vancouver’s 4-20 event goes digital amid coronavirus pandemic

Recent COVID-19 restrictions allow people to gather outdoors in groups of no more than 10.

The province has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases with hospitalizations linked to the disease at an all-time high.

Vancouver police officers attended the scene but told Global News they did not plan to disperse the crowd, only to educate them.

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Earlier in the week, B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth criticized large crowds that had gathered in English Bay over the weekend, calling them “incredibly irresponsible.”

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“Gathering in parties where you are close together, drinking, not being masked up, not observing social distancing is a recipe to spread COVID,” he said.

— with files from Amy Judd, Andrea Macpherson and The Canadian Press

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