BC could ease provincial travel restrictions very soon: Dr. Henry

Jun 16 2020, 12:46 pm

BC could soon begin easing restrictions around travel within the province if the numbers and stats around provincial coronavirus cases continue to trend downward.

“We will be looking at transitioning around safe travel within BC,” said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry during a Monday press conference. “We have been looking at the numbers as we’ve said, and the second incubation period comes up very soon, and those are the transitions.”

She stressed however, that “it’s not going to be a full-on, full-off” but rather “a dimmer switch.”

The province is currently in the middle of Phase 2, which includes staying home and avoiding non-essential travel between communities.​

According to the provincial government’s reopening plan, Phase 3 was scheduled to begin this month and continue until September. Part of this phase would include relaxed regulations when it comes to travelling throughout BC, provided transmission rates remain low through Phase 2.

Earlier this month, Henry said she couldn’t give an “exact date” for when Phase 3 would commence, noting that “we are moving slowly, and what we will be looking at, though, is how can we take the best advantage of what we have in the summer to do it safely.”

This approach, she said, is meant to ensure that “communities that rely on tourism are able to have people come and visit and do it in a way that doesn’t overwhelm their capacity.”