Masks mandatory in all indoor, public and retail spaces in BC

B.C.’s COVID-19 response and latest updates for Nov. 20

B.C.’s COVID-19 response and latest updates for Nov. 20

The 516 new cases brings the provincial total to 25,474.

"I am extending the regional orders that now apply to the Fraser and Vancouver Health regions across the entire province and I am putting new provincewide orders in place", said the top doctor.

As of Thursday, 6,926 cases of COVID-19 were considered active, including 217 people who were in hospital for treatment, 59 of whom required intensive care.

There are now 10,002 people being actively monitored by public health teams after being exposed to someone with a known case of the virus.

A McDonald's in East Gwillimbury was closed for a thorough cleaning, but has since reopened, after an employee reported on Saturday that they had tested positive for COVID-19.

However, this new order does not include schools Doctor Henry explained.

"We need to go back to what we were doing in April, and May and March, where we had our pandemic bubble", said Doctor Henry. "The best way to do that is to decrease our social interactions and spend as little time as possible with those outside of our immediate household".

We also know that physical activity is key to our mental and physical well-being.

All worship services and community and social events will be suspended, along with high-intensity group fitness, such as interval training, hot yoga and spin classes.

"Right now, I have concerns that we have transmission happening even if it is supposedly with the appropriate measures in place", she said.

Today, on World Children's Day, let's look to our future generations and the brightness ahead, and let's do our part for every child in our province, our nation and the world.

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