Three-week circuit breaker begins now to bend the curve, protect people
New and amended provincial health orders and guidelines in effect through April 19, 2021, include:
- For restaurants, bars and pubs, all food and liquor-serving premises must only provide take-out or delivery service. Dine-in service is prohibited, except for outdoor patios. People dining on patios should do so with their immediate household or core bubble.
- Indoor, adult group fitness activities of any kind are also paused. Gyms and fitness centres are restricted to individual or one-on-one activities only, i.e. one-on-one personal training.
- The previously announced class variance for limited indoor worship services has been suspended. Outdoor worship services under the current variance may continue.
- Travel continues to be limited to essential travel, work or medical reasons only. For those who have travelled outside their health region, if you or anyone in your family develops any signs of illness, you must stay home from work, school or daycare, and arrange to get tested immediately.
- Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort is closed through to April 19, 2021, to address and prevent community spread related to non-essential travel.
- All workers are strongly encouraged to work from home, where possible.
- Public health guidance for schools has also been amended to support and encourage students down to Grade 4 to wear masks while at school.
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Long-term Care and COVID-19
Between January 13 and March 24, newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 decreased 99% among long-term care (LTC) residents and staff. On January 13 there were 245 new cases compared to the week of March 24 when there were only 1 new case.
Outbreaks in Seniors Homes
Every Thursday, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) publishes updates on COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care as well as assisted living and independent living homes.
B.C. COVID-19 Dashboard and other Reports
The BCCDC has a dashboard that summarizes COVID-19 information by health region and the entire province. Information includes cases, hospitalizations, critical care admissions, recoveries, testing, deaths and vaccination administration.
Canada’s COVID-19 Situational Awareness Dashboard