“To get to the end as quickly as possible, there are things we need to do now,” Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said at a media briefing on Monday. “This includes staying at home, staying as much as possible in your immediate vicinity.”
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“If you live in North Van, you shouldn’t go to Langley or Richmond. If you live in the Lower Mainland, you shouldn’t be visiting the island. If you live in Penticton, you shouldn’t be going to Sun Peaks, Oliver, or Kelowna at this time. We only need to take this type of trip if it’s essential, and nothing more. “
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British Columbia’s COVID-19 guidelines state that “all non-essential travel should be avoided.” The main reasons for traveling include travel between home and work or travel for reasons such as medical appointments.
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Henry said while British Columbians shouldn’t stray too far, they should still find time to get out every day.
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“We know there are things we can do safely, and most importantly it means doing them outdoors and keeping our distance and safety measures in place. For our own physical, but emotional and mental health, everyone should go out every day, whether in your backyard or in your immediate neighborhood, ”she said.
“Bring your family, bring your pet, but find the time to go out and stay small and only stay in your home, work or school cohort. “
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Last month, the province allowed outdoor social gatherings of 10 people or fewer.
“It’s okay to see a small number of people outside of your household outside, but it needs to be done in a modest way, and we even discourage that at this time,” Henry said.
Anyone wondering if they should engage in a particular activity should exercise caution, Henry said, and not.
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The comments came after Henry reported 3,289 new cases of COVID-19 in the past three days, as well as 18 new deaths.
About half of the cases in the province are worrisome variants, Henry said.
“This is, I don’t need to say, our third wave,” Henry said.
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Henry noted that the province would seek to vaccinate specific neighborhoods that are COVID-19 hotspots, such as the mass vaccination effort in communities such as Prince Rupert and Whistler, and urged patience.
“We’re focusing on where these areas of transmission are the highest over the next few weeks, and they will spread from there across the province,” Henry said.
– With files from the Canadian Press
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