COVID-19 cases are on the decline and inter-provincial travel restrictions may soon be lifted, but British Columbia remains in a state of emergency.
The B.C. government announced Tuesday that it has formally extended the provincial state of emergency until June 22, allowing government and health management officials to continue using “extraordinary powers” under the Emergency Program Act.
Premier John Horgan said in a press release that although cases are falling and a normal summer is within reach, British Columbians must remain on guard when it comes to the coronavirus.
“A more normal summer is within reach, but we still need to be careful. We have seen how quickly case counts can rise if we let our guards down, so I urge everyone to keep following the public health guidance to keep each other safe,” Horgan said in a statement.
Officials first declared a state of emergency back on March 18, 2020, as coronavirus cases were climbing worldwide.
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