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Current Situation

B.C. has declared a State of Emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic. New orders are in place throughout the province to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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COVID-19 information is available in more than 120 languages. Call 1-888-268-4319. Service is available 7:30 am to 8:00 pm Pacific Time, 7 days/week. Health information is available from HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1, 24 hours/day.

Current situation

British Columbians are being asked to take action to slow the spread of COVID-19. New orders put in place on November 19, 2020 are in effect until February 5, 2021. This includes:

  • Masks are required in many indoor public spaces including stores, community spaces and restaurants except while are eating or drinking by both staff and customers. Masks are also strongly recommended in common areas of workplaces and apartment buildings like elevators, hallways and washrooms.
  • Only socialize with people you live with. If you live alone, you may spend time in person with one or two other people who live in a different household. Learn more about social interactions.
  • All gatherings and events should be postponed for now. Funerals, weddings and similar events can continue with a maximum of 10 people including the officiant. 
  • All in-person religious gatherings and worship services are suspended.
  • Limit travel to only when needed and avoid travel for social or recreational activities. Do not visit B.C. for a vacation right now.
  • All adult indoor and outdoor sports have been suspended. All youth indoor and outdoor and indoor sport must follow viaSport's Return to Sport Phase 2 guidance with respect to maintaining physical distance for participants. Learn more about the current restrictions and sports.
  • Gyms and recreation facilities that offer individual workouts and personal training sessions can remain open but there are restrictions in place for indoor group physical activities.
  • Most businesses and essential services are open with COVID-19 safety plans in effect. 
  • Workplaces should review their safety plans and have active daily screening for employees who are on site. 
  • In class learning continues for K-12 students
  • Surgeries and other essential medical services are continuing.

New Today

January 14
January 7
December 31
  • Starting January 7, 2021, air travellers 5 years of age or older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. Learn more about COVID-19 testing before flying.
December 30
  • On December 31, 2020, alcohol may not be sold or served after 8 pm at any establishment that sells or serves alcohol including bars, restaurants, pubs, liquor stores or grocery stores, by order of the Provincial Health Officer.
December 27

Where you can go for more information

The B.C. COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool can be used to check your symptoms and determine if you need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.
Where Indigenous People can go for more information
Are you a health professional?  Get the latest updates on the New today page.

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