COVID-19 update for July 2: B.C.’s top doc encourages people to still wear masks | Extended hours for liquor stores during pandemic now permanent

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for July 2, 2021.


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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


As of the latest figures given on June 30:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 147,621 (816 active cases)
• New cases since June 28: 44
• Total deaths: 1,754 (no new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 108
• Intensive care: 34
• Total vaccinations: 5,002,916 doses administered; 1,421,506 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 145,032
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 8


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3 p.m. – Health officials are set to share latest figures on COVID-19 in B.C.

Health officials are expected to update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

12 a.m. – B.C. residents should still wear masks in indoor public places

British Columbia’s top doctor is encouraging people to continue wearing masks in all indoor places, even as they’re no longer mandatory starting Canada Day.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says masks remain an important layer of protection until more people have immunity from two doses of vaccine, which nearly 31 per cent of residents aged 12 and over have received.

Henry says the next phase of B.C.’s restart plan is a chance to look ahead and reconnect but also to recognize the challenges various communities have faced over the last year and a half.

12 a.m. – Extended hours for liquor stores due to COVID now permanent


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The extended opening times temporarily granted to B.C. liquor stores are now a permanent option.
The provincial government authorized liquor retailers to open as early as 7 a.m. during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow for physical distancing for seniors and those who are immunocompromised.

This temporary authorization is set to expire on June 30, but has been permanently extended after feedback from the industry.Liquor retailers can now operate between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily.

The change only applies to in-store shopping. Liquor delivery may occur only after 9 a.m. The authorization allowing for third-party delivery services to deliver liquor at 7 a.m. is set to expire June 30.

12 a.m. – B.C. reports 44 new cases, no deaths WednesdayMore than five million British Columbians have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine as the province’s case numbers continue to dwindle.

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said, in a joint statement Wednesday, that 78.5 per cent of all adults in B.C. have received their first dose of vaccine, while 32.8 per cent of all adults, more than 1.4 million people, are now fully vaccinated against the respiratory disease.

B.C. health officials reported 44 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, but no new deaths. The pandemic death toll in B.C. remains at 1,754.

Fraser Health accounted for the most new cases with 17, while Interior Health has 14, Vancouver Coastal Health 12 and the Island Health region recorded a single infection. There were no new cases in the Northern Health region.


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Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press



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