BC enacting new order restricting non-essential travel

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Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, today (April 19) issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia. These health orders prohibit indoor dining, indoor group fitness, public worship by faith communities, and gathering with people outside one's household, among other activities.

New orders will be in put in place later this week under the Emergency Program Act, to restrict vacation and recreation travel outside of your health authority.

"We are in a serious situation, but we require serious measures if we are going to get to the May long weekend and salvage our summer", said Horgan during the briefing today (Monday).

"Stay in your community".

Finally, new signs will also be posted along the BC-Alberta border, advising out-of-province travellers that they should only be coming into BC for essential purposes.

"This will be conducted through random audits, not unlike roadside stops for counterattack during the Christmas season", Horgan said. "They will be susceptible to all travellers, not just a few travellers, and they will be random and there will be a fine if you are travelling outside of your area without a legitimate reason".

The province says there are no checkpoints planned at this point. "This is about travel; there will be no additional authority given to police, it will be to ensure people are following the guidelines". "I continue to hope that the situation will soon improve, so that we can once again resume in person worship, which is so necessary to us as a sacramental Church".

People in BC aged 40 and over are now eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine through pharmacies.

Those infections also pushed the province's active caseload to a new record high of 10,084.