British Columbia continues to remain in a state of emergency.
The B.C. government announced Tuesday that it has formally extended the provincial state of emergency until March 2, nearly one year since the original declaration was made.
By extending the state of emergency, health and other provincial officials are able to continue using extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act in order to deal with the ongoing pandemic.
Premier John Horgan said in a media release that he is proud of the effort British Columbians have made to try and “flatten” the COVID-19 curve but urged people to continue following existing public health orders.
“We need to keep following public health orders, knowing they will keep us safe as we work to end the pandemic in B.C.,” said Horgan.
British Columbia has been in a state of emergency since March 18, when the orginal declartion was made. It came one day after Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, declared a public health emergency.