B.C. COVID-19 cases are rising and the province is getting ready to crack down
B.C. coronavirus cases are starting to spike. So if you live in the province and have been out partying despite COVID-19 rules, you may want to rethink your definition of fun.
On Tuesday, Premier John Horgan, said that he and Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth will be announcing "enforcement action" in the coming week against those who are not taking the pandemic seriously.
"The vast majority of British Columbians are following Dr. Henry’s orders of seeing fewer faces in bigger spaces, but we all have to remain committed to flattening the curve,” Horgan said in a statement.
Solid advice from Dr. Bonnie Henry, as we all must do more to keep the number of cases low in BC. pic.twitter.com/GqqwDTyMxe— John Horgan (@jjhorgan) August 11, 2020
“British Columbians have sacrificed a lot to keep transmission rates down, and now unsafe parties and gatherings are eroding that hard work. We’re committed to getting our province back on track and will be announcing enforcement action against those who continue to put others at risk."
Our #COVID19 champions are those who choose to stay home+away from others when feeling even the slightest bit sick.— Adrian Dix (@adriandix) August 18, 2020
Making the choice to stay home is choosing to keep yourself+those around you safe
Let’s make sure the souvenir we bring back from summer holidays is not #COVID19
In addition to this, the province has also extended its state of emergency until Sept. 1 which allows Farnworth to continue using "extraordinary powers" under the Emergency Program Act to support B.C.'s COVID-19 response.
"We put these orders in place for a reason, and they are not optional,” Farnworth added. “Public health orders must be followed to ensure public safety, and I will be bringing in new measures later this week to address the actions of those who demonstrate their indifference to the health and safety of others."
Getting together outside, with lots of space between you, is the safest way to visit with people outside of your bubble. Make sense of it all at https://t.co/ZrwGq9CLPK #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/1CuhNiukvg— BCCDC (@CDCofBC) August 15, 2020
This news comes just a day after Deputy Provincial Health Officer Dr. Réka Gustafson announced a record-breaking spike in coronavirus cases.
Between Aug. 14 and Aug. 17, 236 new cases were recorded and between Aug. 14 and Aug. 15, the province saw 100 new cases, making it the biggest single-day increase.
Gustafson said that this jump is due, in part, to private social gatherings.
People of British Columbia! Please do not go out to parties and BBQs and other large gatherings! The COVID is still out there! It’s more fun to hang out alone and smoke weed and watch movies and TV shows anyway! Do that instead! Thank you!— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 15, 2020
"The vast amount of transmission is occurring in closed, prolonged contact, especially in indoor settings, so that means among people who are spending a long time together and in very close proximity," she said during a press conference.
She also added that the majority of new cases have been found in younger people.
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