“I know this is hard. I know we don't want to have to be doing this.”
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry explains why new two-week COVID-19 restrictions are needed in the Metro Vancouver health regions.
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British Columbia's top health officials have announced sweeping new COVID-19 restrictions for the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions for a two-week period, restricting travel and social gatherings outside of immediate household groups.
British Columbia's top health officials have announced sweeping new COVID-19 restrictions for the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions for a two-week period as cases in the province surge.
The new orders focus on social gatherings, travel, indoor group exercises and workplaces.
“We need to keep essential services and activities from schools to workplaces open and operating safely. And right now this is in jeopardy,” said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry at a rare Saturday briefing.
B.C. PHASED REOPENING
“PHASE 3: IF TRANSMISSION RATE REMAINS LOW OR IN DECLINE.”
Residents of the two affected health regions are being told not to engage in social interactions outside their immediate households. Weddings and funerals can proceed, as long as they include only immediate household members.
She said people who live alone can maintain a small bubble of one to two people, but that advice does not apply to people who live in a larger household.
The new public health orders are in effect from Saturday night at 10 p.m. to Monday Nov. 23 at noon. A number of communities in the health authorities are exempt including Hope, Bella Coola and the Central Coast.
Businesses and recreation centres have been ordered to stop holding indoor group physical activities for two weeks, including yoga, spin, dance, and group fitness classes. Fitness centres that cater to individuals, where physical distancing can be maintained, can remain open.
Indoor sports where physical distancing can't be maintained are suspended, though this does not apply to physical activities in schools.