BC extends provincial state of emergency for another two weeks

Jun 24 2020, 1:05 pm

Premier John Horgan has announced BC’s state of emergency will be extended for another two weeks.

This announcement came after Horgan also said that BC could slowly move into Phase 3 of its restart plan.

The province first announced a state of emergency on March 18, and this is the seventh time it has been extended since then.

In declaring the original state of emergency back in March, BC Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said doing so allows for additional powers, particularly in areas such as critical supply chains, to ensure people have the essential goods, services, and infrastructure.

“Under the provincial state of emergency, our government continues to address the variety of needs throughout British Columbia in response to COVID-19,” Farnworth said. “We’ve been working with communities throughout this crisis, and the provincial state of emergency helps ensure our efforts continue in a mindful and co-ordinated way.”