B.C. reports 2960 new COVID-19 cases, eight deaths over weekend

James Marshall
April 20, 2021

Orders will be issued under the Emergency Program Act "to restrict people's ability to leave their health authority", said Horgan. Those measures include cancelling or refusing to book reservations for people travelling outside their region, blocking camper vans and trailers from using BC Ferries, and road blocks similar to drunk driving checks to catch travelers outside of their health regions.

He stressed people should not attempt to book something outside of their area, because "the tourism operator will not book you passage".

Horgan said travel restrictions involving police will not be like those that were walked back in Ontario last week that could have seen pedestrians and motorists stopped during lockdowns and asked where they live.

The province says there are no checkpoints planned at this point.

"Most importantly, I want people to think about those nurses and those care aides and those doctors and all of the people on our front lines who have been giving every single week, every single month, for over a year to keep British Columbians safe". They are taking care of our friends and loved ones and we need to take care of them through our actions, so they can continue to do their jobs for us.

Horgan said answers to these questions would become more clear "once Minister Farnworth brings forth the order [on Friday]".

At the April 19 press conference, Horgan warned of additional steps against travel into B.C. from other provinces and between health regions within the province.

The outbreaks at Vernon Jubilee Hospital and the Segal Family Health Centre are now over.

Those infections also pushed the province's active caseload to a new record high of 10,084.

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