BC government extends state of emergency by 2 additional weeks

Apr 15 2020, 1:43 pm

Premier John Horgan has announced BC will be extending its state of emergency for an additional two weeks due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We still have more work today,” said Horgan in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. “Therefore, cabinet reaffirmed the state of emergency, extending it for another two weeks, ensuring that all British Columbians stay the course, we all focus on the task at hand, and that is protecting ourselves, protecting our families, protecting our communities from this scourge of a virus and the pandemic that is ceasing the entire world.”

The state of emergency is being extended until April 28.

“British Columbians should be proud of the way we have responded to this crisis. But the work is not over,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, in a release.

“We must hold our ground and take all the steps needed to make sure our communities remain safe and our essential service workers are supported in our ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

The province first announced a state of emergency on March 18.