COVID-19 update for December 16: here are the latest news on the coronavirus in British Columbia


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TransLink will also not operate extended hours on December 31st and will instead operate on a regular weekday service schedule.

10:30 a.m. – Polar Bear Swim goes live

You can add Vancouver’s annual polar bear swim to the list of canceled events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to health and safety concerns, the Vancouver City Park Board of Directors said the January 1 annual group dive in the frigid waters of English Bay would not happen this year, but the city boldly tries to replicate the cold tradition with an online event.

Swimmers are asked to take a ‘digital plunge’ by recording and sharing a video of polar bear swims at home in bathtubs or children’s pools filled with water cooled to 7 ° C, the average temperature of the country. water from previous swims at English Bay.

10:00 a.m. – Handwritten letter from Surrey teachers to Dr. Bonnie Henry

The Surrey Teachers Association, which represents 6,000 teachers in Surrey, the largest school district in British Columbia, wrote an open letter to the provincial health officer, Dr Bonnie Henry, saying schools are not safe and overcrowded.

“Some are so overcrowded that there are as many as 20 laptops in the fields or parking lots. Each small preparation room, closet and alcove is used as a teaching or working space. In normal times, overcrowding is the source of almost all of the problems and tensions in our school district, and in the pandemic, overcrowding is dangerous, ”said Wednesday’s letter.

“We are not safe.”

They urge Henry to make masks mandatory in all interior spaces and to order a 50% density in classrooms.


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