Provincial state of emergency extended in B.C. again

Provincial state of emergency extended in B.C. again
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Officials have extended the current state of emergency until May 25.

British Columbia continues to remain in a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday afternoon, the B.C. government announced it has formally extended the provincial state of emergency until May 25.

The move allows provincial emergency management officials to continue to use “extraordinary powers” under the Emergency Program Act in order to deal with the ongoing pandemic.

“Most British Columbians have been doing their part to stay close to home and follow public health guidance, and that commitment is showing as the number of cases and hospitalizations begin to ease,” Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, said in a media release, adding. “But we’re not through this yet, and everyone must continue to follow the rules or face enforcement.”

The province can only extend state of emergencies for up to two weeks at a time.

B.C. first declared a state of emergency back on March 18, 2020, as coronavirus cases were climbing worldwide.


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