COVID-19: Inspections ramp up at restaurants, pubs on May long weekend as B.C. reports 420 new cases, six deaths

The majority of the workplace inspections will take place in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions which has seen the majority of new COVID-19 cases.

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As British Columbians prepare for a sunny, if subdued, May long weekend, WorkSafeBC said it’ll be stepping up COVID-19 inspections at restaurants, pubs and breweries with outdoor patios.

The majority of the inspections will take place in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions which has had the majority of new COVID-19 cases.

On Friday, B.C. reported 420 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 4,507 active cases. That’s about a third of the daily cases B.C. was experiencing at the height of this third wave.

Six more people have died, bringing the death toll to 1,667 since the start of the pandemic. Hospitalization figures continued to decline, with 319 people in hospital, including 107 in intensive care.

The province’s circuit breaker measures, which took effect March 29, are set to be eased on Tuesday, when officials will reveal the details of its restart plan.

“We’ll be taking a gradual approach to our restart, monitoring our progress as we go to ensure cases, outbreaks and hospitalizations don’t start to creep up,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix and B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, in a joint statement.

Dix and Henry reminded British Columbians to stay within their communities and get registered for a vaccine. As of Thursday, British Columbians age 12 and 17 can register on the province’s Get Vaccinated website.

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