Provincial and Federal Updates
British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer has declared a public health emergency. This declaration allows the provincial health officer to facilitate an even faster response to the rapidly changing situation and enact further measures to protect British Columbians.
May 6, 2020 COVID-19 update from the province: BC’s Restart Plan introduced:
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- May 27, 2020 Provincial state of emergency extended to June 9, 2020
- April 24, 2020 Applications for BC Emergency Benefit for Workers to Open May 1
- April 16, 2020 New COVID-19 supports for businesses, local government
- April 9, 2020 BC Temporary Rental Supplement, providing up to $500 a month to renters and landlords for COVID-19
- April 8, 2020 BC Parks announces immediate closure of all provincial parks
- March 31, 2020 Province extends provincial state of emergency to support COVID-19 response
- March 20, 2020 All restaurants to end dining service; personal service establishments (salons, spas, etc.) ordered to close.
- March 20, 2020 Canada US border closed to non-essential travel; irregular migrants will be turned away.
- March 19, 2020 Provincial Health Officer urges Canadians to stay home
- March 18, 2020, Prime Minister announced support for workers and businesses Canada’s COVID19 Economic Response Plan.
- Businesses with liquor primary licences, such as bars, pubs and night clubs, ordered to close, as they are unable to adequately meet the requirements of social distancing. Restaurants and cafes that cannot maintain social distancing of one to two meters between patrons will need to move to take-out and delivery models.
- Public gatherings of more than 50 people – indoors or outdoors – must be cancelled.
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- 2020_M082 – Bylaw Officer
- 2020_M083 – Local Government meetings
- 2020_M084 – Local Authorities and Essential Goods and Supplies