To restrict non-essential travel between 3 provincial health zones

Henrietta Strickland
April 24, 2021

Farnworth said that you can travel within your combined region, not out of it, but added that it doesn't mean you should travel within your region if it's not essential.

The Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal regions have been similarly combined but Vancouver Island remains pretty much as is.

The rule applies to everyone in the province, including non-essential travelers from outside the province.

"I want to make sure this is done right, and we address the concerns people have, " he said, when asked about the delay.

Premier John Horgan said earlier in the week, the operation would run similar to Counter Attack campaigns by the RCMP to target impaired drivers.

"Many of our members are opposed to this proposal as it puts them at risk of public backlash, legal ambiguity and risk of exposure and possible infection due to the continuing slow immunization rollout for police in the province", union president Brian Sauve said in a statement. It will not be implementing any extra sailings this year for the May long weekend. "And it's in the best interest of all British Columbians to follow them", said Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth. "Everyone should stay close to home".

In terms of enforcement, Farnworth said more details will be released following further discussions with police forces in the province. It is OK to travel for essential reasons, including to attend school or work, transport commercial goods, return to a principal residence, get access to child care, use health care or assist someone in obtaining health care. "I am calling on everyone to stay in their local communities and support these travel restrictions to stop the most unsafe travel across regional zones to control the spread of COVID-19 and support our front-line health-care workers".

Police departments on establishing enforcement measures in the coming days.

The restrictions, aimed at curbing further spread of COVID-19 within the province, are focused on recreational travel, according to Farnworth, and violating the ban will carry consequences.

These road checks will be set up near ferry terminals and on major highways connecting different regions of the province.

Under the Emergency Program Act, police can issue fines of $575 to travellers whose movements are deemed to not be essential.

The new orders are being brought in using the extraordinary powers of the Emergency Program Act.

The Government of British Columbia has outlined the details of the travel restrictions that are officially in effect as of this morning.

The company says staff will ask all customers if their travel is essential before purchasing a ticket. It does not apply to:* carrying out a work-related objective, including volunteer work;* moving to a different principal residence or assisting a person to move for that goal;* commercially transporting goods;* receiving health-care services or social services or assisting someone to receive those services;* attending court;* complying with a court order;* spending parenting time with a minor child;* accessing child care;* attending classes or receiving training at a post-secondary institution or school;* responding to an emergency or a critical incident, including incidents that involve search and rescue operations;* providing care or assistance to a person who requires care or assistance because of:* a psychological, behavioural or health condition; or* a physical, cognitive or mental impairment.

Henry's advice that everyone should stay in their local community, such as those in North Vancouver should remain on the North Shore rather than travelling throughout their regional zone to places like Richmond or the Fraser Valley, still apply.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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