COVID-19: B.C. finally makes masks mandatory, extends other restrictions

Elias Hubbard
November 22, 2020

Henry said she contacted the Ministry of Public Safety and the Solicitor General Wednesday to roll out the order after consulting with retail and business associations.

Health officials in British Columbia announced 516 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 25,472. Cases are also on the rise in the other health regions, 51 cases, compared to a count of four or five several weeks ago.

"I remain confident and I know we will get through this, but we need to take more action now".

At Thursday's live briefing, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced new temporary lockdowns on social gatherings and certain industries across B.C.

"I am extending the regional orders that now apply to the Fraser and Vancouver Health regions across the entire province and I am putting new provincewide orders in place", said the top doctor.

There are 18 people hospitalized in the North, 8 of whom are in ICU as the region's recovery rate is now 83%.

Officials are reporting one additional death related to the virus, bringing BC's death toll to 321.

"In every case, every person matters to their family, to their friends, to their community and to us", said Dix. "This thing is horrific", said the woman.

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