Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Vancouver today

Mar 26 2020, 5:51 pm

Each day in Canada, a lot of news regarding COVID-19 comes out nationally and locally.

Now, we’re bringing you the top coronavirus headlines from Vancouver and across Canada all together in one place on a daily basis, to help you digest all the information and stay in the know with the biggest stories and developments.

You can also view all the headlines in real-time here.

Top COVID-19 stories for March 26 in Vancouver

BC reports 66 new coronavirus cases but no new deaths

British Columbia has discovered 66 more cases of COVID-19, bringing the province’s total number of known cases to 725.

BC releases complete list of “essential services” in the province

The “essential services” definition, the province said, was developed by Emergency Management BC in consultation with other government ministries and the provincial health officer (PHO).

BC seniors can now call 211 hotline for assistance during pandemic

Pairing seniors with volunteers to ensure they receive the help they need.

TransLink limiting seating capacity on buses by 50% for physical distancing

New restrictions, including no standing capacity, are being implemented on all buses.

UBC to hold virtual spring convocation ceremony

Students will not be able to defer their attendance to any future ceremonies.

BC government bans secondary reselling of food and supplies

After the provincial government declared a state of emergency earlier this month, BC’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth and BC Premier John Horgan announced on Thursday that the province is taking the next steps in its COVID-19 action plan.

Drive-thru coronavirus testing for healthcare providers opens in Vancouver

Vancouver Coastal Health said there are several assessment sites.

Steve Nash Fitness World announces layoffs at all locations

Memberships have been frozen until the chain reopens.

All BC Liquor Stores are temporarily closing on Sundays

Starting this weekend.

Canadians can be fined up to $1M or face jail time for breaking mandatory self-isolation

A new order placed by the federal government makes self-isolation mandatory for anyone entering Canada, and with it comes fines along with possible jail time for failure to comply.

Trudeau warns of text scams about Canada’s new coronavirus emergency benefit

A text scam is going around about Canada’s Emergency Response Benefit, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. On Thursday, the prime minister said not to trust the texts and to only rely on the Canadian government website for details about the new benefit.