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BC state of emergency extended a fourth time

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:02 PDT, Wed May 13, 2020

As BC moves toward its new normal, the province is extending its state of emergency to support continued co-ordination of the pandemic response.

"Because of our determination and sacrifices over the past months, we’re now in a position to carefully move toward the next chapter in our response to COVID-19, but we must not lose sight of the challenges that are ahead,” said Premier John Horgan. “At each and every step forward, your government will continue in its commitment to keep our communities safe and support people through this difficult time.”

The current state of emergency is being extended through May 26. During the last two weeks of the provincial state of emergency, government has taken action to support British Columbians by:

  • supporting over 400 people’s transition from unsafe encampments in Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver, and Topaz Park and the Pandora corridor in Victoria, into safer, temporary accommodation as a first step toward more secure housing;
  • opening applications for the BC Emergency Benefit for Workers, a one-time tax-free payment of $1,000 for eligible British Columbians;
  • making more supports available for communities following a rise in racist incidents targeting Asian people during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • building on measures to help the forest sector by deferring stumpage fees for three months to help people, communities and forest companies.


The extension of the provincial state of emergency is based on recommendations from BC’s health and emergency management officials. The original declaration was made on March 18.


Learn More:

For information on BC’s Restart Plan, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/RestartBC   

For information on non-medical issues like travel recommendations and how to manage social isolation, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/COVID-19

For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, including for employers, businesses and schools, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)

For more information and latest medical updates on COVID-19, follow the BCCDC on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit its website: http://www.bccdc.ca/

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