B.C. introduces ‘circuit-breaker’ restrictions in Northern Health amid rising cases

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The Government of British Columbia on Thursday announced ‘circuit-breaker’ restrictions amid rising COVID-19 cases in Northern Health.

“COVID-19 cases in the North are on the rise. Effective October 14 at midnight, new health orders for the Northern health region (specific areas only) will come into effect,” the B.C. Government said in a statement.

The statement further added that the circuit breaker order will be in place until Nov 20 to give a chance for hospitalizations to go down.

The orders include personal gatherings limited to 5 people indoors, and 20 outdoors, with only fully vaccinated people, while those who are not fully vaccinated could only gather with their own household.

Furthermore, organized in-person gatherings will be limited to 50 people indoors, and 100 outdoors. Safety plan, masks, and presentation of BC Vaccine Card with full vaccination, would be required for organized gatherings.

Other restrictions include prohibition on servicing alcohol past 10 pm, provision of full vaccination proof to dine in restaurants, fast food, and cafes, closure of bars and nightclubs, virtual-only events for worship services, 50% capacity for sports events, and non-essential travel outside the community.

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