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BC state of emergency now extended to Sept. 15

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:51 PDT, Wed September 2, 2020

The BC government has extended the state of emergency until Sept. 15.

“It’s encouraging to see the vast majority of British Columbians following public health rules to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep each other safe,” said Premier John Horgan. “However, there remains a small group of people ignoring Dr. Henry’s orders and threatening our hard work over the past several months to flatten the curve. This pandemic is not over, and whether it’s an end-of-summer gathering or hockey celebration, this is not the time to bend or break the rules. To those few who are not complying, there will be consequences.”

Provincial enforcement officers were recently given the ability to issue violation tickets to people not following provincial health orders. In the first week of these enforcement measures (Aug. 21-28), 10 violation tickets were issued.

“Since we announced the new enforcement measures, we’ve seen several examples of violation tickets being issued to people breaking the law,” said Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth. “It’s disappointing to see behaviour that shows a blatant disregard for the safety of citizens. It’s time to stop breaking the rules. It’s time to do better. It’s my hope that these enforcement measures will result in a change in behaviour and fewer violation tickets will be needed in the future.”  

The current state of emergency has been in place since March 15. It can be extended by up to two weeks at a time.

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