British Columbia, once again, remains in a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The B.C. government announced Tuesday that it has formally extended the provincial state of emergency until Feb. 16.
Extending the state of emergency, allows health and other emergency management officials to continue using extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act in order to deal with the ongoing pandemic.
Premier John Horgan said in a statement that British Columbians need to continue to “hold the course” when it comes to COVID-19.
“We’d all like to get back to a more normal life, but our case numbers will rise if we’re not careful,” said Premier John Horgan. “We’re well prepared, but as we’ve seen around the world, increased COVID-19 cases could put our health systems and us all at risk. We need to hold the course until we bend that curve down. It’s time to work together, support each other and continue to follow public health guidance so we can keep people safe.”
The original state of emergency declaration was made on March 18, 2020. It came one day after Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, declared a public health emergency.