British Columbia remains in a state of emergency.
The provincial government announced on Tuesday that it has formally extended the provincial state of emergency.
By extending the state of emergency, it means that health and emergency management officials will still have the ability to use “extraordinary powers” under the province’s Emergency Program Act.
“We’re all feeling the effects of needing to distance from friends and loved ones, but the surest way to keep our families safe is by doing the right thing for a little longer,” Premier John Horgan said in a statement.
The state of emergency will expire on Dec. 22. State of emergencies can only last for two weeks and must be extended in order to remain in place.
British Columbia has been in a state of emergency since March 18, one day after Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, declared a public health emergency.