The B.C. government has formally extended the provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, through the end of the day on April 14, 2020.
"The next 14 days are critically important in our province's unprecedented fight against COVID-19. What we do today will affect what our doctors, nurses and first responders face in the days and weeks ahead," said Premier John Horgan. "Today, we're asking all British Columbians to re-commit to doing their part. There are early signs that our actions are making a difference, and we can't stop now."
Using the extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has issued a series of orders to ensure a co-ordinated response to COVID-19 across all levels of government. Through these orders, the Province is taking an active role in coordinating the supply chain for essential goods and services, supporting the enforcement of the provincial health officer's orders and prohibiting the secondary selling of essential goods and supplies.
"Our government is continuing to take all actions necessary to keep our communities safe, goods moving, and essential service workers supported," Farnworth said. "This is an unprecedented time in our province. We're working hard to alleviate the pressures that we're all facing, and we will get through this together."
The extension of the provincial state of emergency is based on recommendations from B.C.'s health and emergency management officials. Farnworth made the original declaration on March 18 after Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, declared a public health emergency.
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