Dix and Henry say people must be mindful of communities that are assessing their own risks and take time to welcome back visitors
Health officials say British Columbia’s COVID-19 restart plan will be a slow, cautious progression to normal life, but they acknowledge it may cause anxiety or fear in some people.
In a news release Wednesday, Health Minister Adrian Dix and the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, say many others are excited about the transition and people will be able to progress along with the restart plan or in a slower, more gradual process.
Dix and Henry say people must be mindful of communities that are assessing their own risks and take time to welcome back visitors.
They also say businesses will be required to have work safety plans based on individual risks.
The province reported 194 new infections of COVID-19 on Wednesday for a total of 144,667 cases since the pandemic began. There are 246 COVID-19 in hospitals, but the number in intensive care has dropped to 70.
Meanwhile, more than 71 per cent of the eligible population has now received its first dose of the vaccine. In total, 3,365,286 doses of Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered in B.C., 208,145 of which are second doses.
Officials also reported four more deaths for a total of 1,707 COVID-19-related fatalities in B.C.
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