B.C. announces new COVID-19 restrictions for Metro Vancouver health regions for 2 weeks as cases surge

Restrictions focus on social interactions, travel, indoor group exercise and workplaces.

British Columbia’s top health officials have announced sweeping new COVID-19 restrictions for the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions for a two-week period as cases in the province surge.

The new orders focus on social gatherings, travel, indoor group exercises and workplaces.

“We need to keep essential services and activities from schools to workplaces open and operating safely. And right now this is in jeopardy,” said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry at a rare Saturday briefing.

Residents of the two affected health regions are being told not to engage in social interactions outside their immediate households. Weddings and funerals can proceed, as long as they include only immediate household members.

The restrictions on gatherings with people outside your household include outdoor gatherings, and meeting in restaurants.

Henry said people who live alone can maintain a small bubble of one to two people, but that advice does not apply to people who live in a larger household.

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