B.C. Premier John Horgan and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth announce the government’s “next steps” under the provincial state of emergency for COVID-19. Dr. Henry’s orders are not suggestions, they are the law.
Are we doing all we can to follow the recommendations? People are hoarding and profiteering. More measures are required. A series of orders are being issued in BC.
A new provincial supply chain distribution has been set up. Any bylaws restricting the movement of goods and services are repealed. Retailers and suppliers must report on critical supplies, including the supplies for medical workers.
The resale of food, medical supplies, essential equipment and cleaning supplies is now prohibited.
The message is clear and simple: How we act today will determine our future. Stay at home. Stay physically distant. Dr. Henry’s orders are the law.
Municipal bylaw officers will be deployed to ensure these orders are being followed, including physical distancing, the mandated closure of businesses, and limited group gatherings.
Municipal states of emergency are suspended so that centralized coordination can happen. Municipalities must respond to any and all requests from the province for resources and facilities.
Thanks to all essential workers, to those staying at home, to those keeping the economy going by working from home.
These are unprecedented actions for unprecedented times. We need to support our healthcare workers. They have our backs, we must have theirs.
“Now is the time for all of us to be kind, to be calm, to be safe. It’s also the time to be selfless” by supporting neighbours.
From the Q&A
The public is responding well. There are outliers, and they are a minority.
Follow the orders, follow the law, and we’ll get through this together.
A list of orders will be on BC’s Emergency Management website, and in other places online.
The reason for the centralized approach was to build confidence and to ensure consistency and uniformity. This will ensure that everyone in the province is treated equally and fairly.
On the US president’s desire to restart the economy by Easter, Horgan is in contact with Washington state officials; he avoids commenting on US matters. What they do from Washington BC, he’ll take a hard pass on commenting on that.
This is a pandemic like we’ve never seen before. Our provincial health officer has an unparalleled background in Pandemics. We base our decisions on this. Because of the scope and its uniqueness, we need a centralized province-wide approach. What we are doing today is the best way to achieve that.
Canada has ordered materials from the US which is not being delivered because they are needing the materials for their own crisis. Today’s order will allow BC to get a better handle on what equipment we have and what we need.
Take comfort that in Canada right now, people are focusing on people. People are all pulling together. The minority outliers, the profiteers and the hoarders are who we are talking to today.
Municipalities have been informed of some of the steps being announced today through recent conferencing calls. Local government has an important role to play identifying supplies, mutual aid, enforcement and so on.
The supply chain management oversight is being done to plan for the short, medium and long term. As Dr. Henry has repeatedly said, this is a marathon not a sprint.
The situation is fluid. Changes will be made based on science and evidence, as required.
Premier John Horgan and Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth update next steps under the provincial state of emergency for COVID-19.
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