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BC's Gathering Restrictions & Public Health Orders Have Officially Been Extended

It will be reevaluated at the end of the month.
BC's Gathering Restrictions & Public Health Orders Have Officially Been Extended

On Friday, February 5, Dr. Bonnie Henry provided a B.C. COVID-19 update to the public. 

During her address, the province's top doctor explained that while the province is effectively flattening the curve, it is not the time to relax the current public health measures

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I am keeping the current provincewide public health orders on gathering and events in place. Dr. Bonnie Henry

Moving forward, the health official said that she will "be continually reviewing and reconsidering the need for these restrictions." 

While she did say that the current measures are working, she noted that the "new variants of concern" along with the potential for more social interactions leave too much vulnerability for "rapid growth." 

"We need to use this time to buy ourselves more time to get our immunization program back on track and push our cases down further," she explained. 

"We all want to get to the days where these orders can be lifted. As we look towards the end of this month, data will tell us if more action is required or if we can start to ease the restrictions we have in place."

Henry explained that as long as we stay on track, we can look forward to re-introducing activities such as youth sport and faith services at the end of the month. 

"All of us can start to resume some of those social interactions in a moderate way," she said, noting that at that time we may be able to reintroduce the "safe six." 

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