Sun tanning in Vancouver’s downtown core has been banned for the second time in five years amid concerns about the rising risks of sunburn.
Sun tanning, a popular summertime activity that involves getting up and going in the sun, has been prohibited in the city since April, but the city said it will start allowing it again in 2019.
Suntanning at the park is allowed at the public parks, but park rangers have warned the practice can result in skin burns.
Sun Tanning Vancouver spokesman Rick McCord said the ban comes after a number of serious injuries have been reported, including one man who sustained a broken nose and a cracked eye socket after sun tanming on the Sunshine Coast in July.
Sun Tanners can face fines of up to $2,000 for a first offence and up to 50 days in jail for repeat offenders.
McCord told the Sun News that the city would also have to implement stricter rules around the use of heaters, including a ban on outdoor tanning and sunscreens.
SunTanners have been using a portable sunbed for years, but McCord added that the process has become increasingly dangerous.
“You can get yourself seriously burned,” McCord explained.
“And it’s really dangerous because it takes away your body heat.”
McCord said he believes there are more safety issues in the way tanning has been done in Vancouver than in other cities.
“If you’re going to do it, be careful about it,” he said.
“If you get too close, or you get caught, or there are too many people there at the same time, or people are doing it in a way that’s dangerous, you can get into a lot of trouble.”
Vancouver police were contacted for comment but no further information was immediately available.