On Saturday, BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced new regional COVID-19 restrictions in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions.
The orders go into effect at 10:00 pm on November 7 and will last until November 23 at 12 pm.
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The new restrictions apply to the following cities and communities within the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions:
- Howe Sound
- Lions Bay
- Maple Ridge
- New Westminster
- North Vancouver
- Pitt Meadows
- Port Coquitlam
- Port Moody
- Powell River
- Sunshine Coast Regional District
- West Vancouver
- White Rock
The following communities are exempt:
- Central Coast Regional District
- Bella Coola Valley
Details on restrictions
The limits will affect social gatherings, travel, indoor group physical activates, and workplace safety.
No social gatherings of any size will be allowed with anyone other than your immediate household.
This includes indoor gatherings of fewer than 50 people. Funerals and weddings will be allowed to proceed only with your immediate household, and receptions will not be allowed.
Travel into and out of areas in VCH and Fraser Health should be essential only, said Henry, and businesses such as group indoor activities — including spin classes, yoga, group fitness, and dance classes –must close for the two week period.
Businesses and worksites in the affected areas will be required to revisit and ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 safety plans. They must practice active, in-person virus screening of all on-site workers, Henry said. Businesses that do not follow health guidelines will be shut down.
Party buses, limousines, and other “perimeter seating” vehicles must stop operating until further notice, effective immediately.
Full details on the orders can be found here.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article included The Sunshine Coast Regional District, Hope, Powell River and Howe Sound as exempt communities. This has now been updated to list only the Central Coast Regional District and the Bella Colla Valley, which are exempt.