B.C. has again extended its ongoing state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 10 months after it was first declared on March 18, 2020.
It allows provincial officials to continue using extraordinary powers to combat the pandemic, including enhanced enforcement of public health rules.
The Ministry of Public Safety says in a news release that just under 700 tickets have been issued for violations related to public health measures since mid-August.
That includes 119 fines of $2,300 issued to owners or organizers who violated restrictions on gatherings and events and 548 fines of $230 issued to individuals who refused to obey law enforcement.
Filed by The Canadian Press.