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Tightening regional restrictions in Bejjal Prime Minister John Horgan on Wednesday The lower mainland region that was put in place less than two weeks ago has a “second element”
The prime minister did not provide any further details, but said the public will hear more at a briefing on COVID-19 on Thursday with Regional Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry
“We have two important weeks ahead as we look at the second component of the regional requests that were placed on November 9,” Horgan said, “Doctor Henry will have more to say about the requests tomorrow.”
The current public health system is set to end on November 23, although the numbers of coronavirus cases have continued to swell since it was first announced only this week, breaking its previous records for active coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, daily increases and daily deaths
Under current restrictions, only people living in Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health are supposed to react to the “core bubble,” which for most people means their family members.
Residents are also asked not to travel between health authority areas, except for essential and commercial purposes.
In addition, the order has forced gyms and fitness facilities across the lower mainland to shut down temporarily so they can get a new COVID-19 safety plan approved by local health officials
Horgan also called on the federal government to work on a “pan-Canadian approach” to travel, arguing that there should be stronger messages that people should not travel across provinces for non-essential reasons.
The prime minister said, “We need to make sure that those wishing to come to British Columbia should only do so if it is necessary for their business or well-being.”
Horgan said he plans to discuss the issue with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, but is not asking Ottawa to “force anything” on the boycotts.
“I ask the federal government to work with us and with other provinces to get the message across that if you don’t have to travel between jurisdictions, you don’t have to do that,” he added.
The prime minister described the vaccine breakthroughs announced in recent days as “very encouraging”, but warned the public that the epidemic was not over yet.
“We haven’t gotten there yet,” Horgan said. “We can see some hope at the end of what was a very difficult tunnel, but we cannot lose our determination. Now we have to redouble our efforts to protect each other and our county going forward.”
Prime Minister John Horgan joined by Regional Health Officer Dr Bonnie Henry and Secretary of Health Adrian Dix as they discuss the phased reopening of the county’s economy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic during a press conference in the Victoria Legislature’s Round Hall,C, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the Canadian press / Chad Hipolito
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