A provincial health order to limit gatherings to 50 people or less didn't seem to worry parents and graduates of Mount Boucherie Secondary School, who gathered at Waterfront Park in Kelowna on Friday afternoon for the the traditional grad walk.
A crowd of a few hundred people, at least, assembled in Rhapsody Plaza before the traditional walk through the park, dressed in their grad finery.
The school was not involved in organizing the event, said principal Scott Sieben.
On May 22, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry issued a health order prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people indoors or outdoors.
Asked if this event violated the rules, Interior Health in an email reply said: "The provincial health officer and Interior Health’s medical health officers continue to ask people to consider the risks of gathering together … We know how challenging this time is for graduates and their families, but we are asking everyone to follow the rules to stay safe from this highly transmissible virus.
"Our process is to provide tools and advice to help people make the best decision to protect their health and the health of the people around them."
Henry's order makes the "owner, occupier or operator" of an indoor or outdoor site responsible for enforcing the order. In this case, Waterfront Park belongs to the City of Kelowna.
Attempts late Friday afternoon to get a comment from the city ran out of time, but a response is expected Monday.