The province’s top doctor announced Thursday that restrictions on social gatherings and events have been extended until February 5, 2021.
According to Dr Bonnie Henry, the extension was determined in response to an increase in cases in recent days.
“Our curve is going up,” Henry said. “Now is the time to stay the course. We know what we need to do to straighten that curve. We managed to do it before this winter break, and we have to do it again.
The restrictions were originally announced in the Lower Mainland on November 7 and were extended province-wide two weeks later.
Masks were also mandatory for all indoor public and commercial spaces, while most indoor physical activities such as yoga or spinning classes were suspended.
Dr Henry says that depending on next month’s results, we may see further extensions, other restrictions or a relaxation of orders.
“We are closely monitoring our progress, and if further action is needed, we will,” she said.
“If we see positive trends in our cases and hospitalizations, and if we see a decrease in our impacts, we will monitor that as well. For now, we have to hold the line. “