Canadian health officials ask Ryan Reynolds and Seth Rogen to get people to stop partying
B.C. health officials are seeking out some star-power to help send a message to young people who just won't stop partying, despite the pandemic.
The recent spike in COVID-19 numbers across the province has been largely attributed to private parties attended by younger people.
In a press conference held on Aug. 12, premier John Horgan called on Ryan Reynolds and Seth Rogen - two of B.C.'s most famous citizens - to help him send a message about COVID-19 safety awareness.
"This is a call out to Deadpool right now," said Horgan.
Informing the "Green Lantern" star that he can find his number online, the premier continued: "Ryan, we need your help out here, get in touch with us."
Horgan then sent a shout out to "Pineapple Express" actor Seth Rogen, who he described as "another outstanding British Columbian."
"We need to communicate with people who aren't hearing us," he added. "The two of you alone could help us in that regard."
The call out comes after B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry revealed how some younger people in the province have been attending multiple gatherings without taking any precautions such as social distancing or wearing masks.
Besides asking for the help of A-list stars, Horgan also said that the province is looking into other effective ways of convincing young people to stop engaging in behaviour that could spread COVID-19.
"There's a host of other options available and we're working as hard as we can to enlist a number of prominent British Columbians and prominent Canadians to help get that message through to the demographic that clearly isn't hearing our message," he explained.
As of Thursday, there were 531 active cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia, the most the province has seen since mid-May.
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