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B.C. extends state of emergency

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 9:33 AM | By Ian Burns

The B.C government announced that it has extended the provincial state of emergency until June 23.

The move allows provincial Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the province’s COVID-19 pandemic response.

“Under the provincial state of emergency, our government continues to address the variety of needs throughout British Columbia in response to COVID-19,” Farnworth said. “We’ve been working with communities throughout this crisis, and the provincial state of emergency helps ensure our efforts continue in a mindful and co-ordinated way.”

The extension of the provincial state of emergency is based on recommendations from B.C.’s health and emergency management officials. Farnworth made the original declaration on March 18, after Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, declared a public health emergency the previous day.