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COVID-19 restrictions extended

COVID-19 restrictions extended

After seeing 2,020 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, BCs provincial health officer extended the ban on social gatherings over the holiday season.
On Monday, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that restricting all gatherings and events will extend through Jan. 8, 2021, at midnight. This includes gatherings in people’s homes and public venues. Any travel outside of work or for medical care is discouraged. However, there is one new change – drive-through and drive-in to drop off people, and drive-in and stay in your car events to a maximum of 50 cars are now allowed.
“The orders that we have had in place have started to have an impact on the transmission of the virus in British Columbia,” said Henry. “However, transmission remains high, and we need to continue our efforts to reduce social interactions and stop the spread.”
“As we all do our part now with COVID-19, we can be encouraged to know that the start of vaccine availability is days away,” Henry went on to say. “This is a welcome milestone that we can all celebrate.”
Of the latest cases, 304 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. The most current numbers for the Lower Sunshine Coast are for November, which saw 19 new cases.
The Local

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