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B.C. to bring in tougher enforcement of COVID-19 rules

Last Updated Aug 21, 2020 at 10:04 am PDT

FILE - B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth speaks at a press conference in the press gallery at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday February 5, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Summary

BC's public safety minister will be announcing the tougher enforcement

The measures are targeted at people whose actions 'demonstrate their indifference to the health and safety of others'

The announcement is set for 10 a.m.

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – As B.C. continues to see inflated COVID-19 infection numbers, the public safety minister is expected to announce tougher enforcement for those not following public health orders.

The substance of that update is yet to be known, though the ministry describes the Friday event with Mike Farnworth as an “update on compliance and enforcement measures.”

Farnworth said on Tuesday he would bring in new measures to address the behaviour of people whose actions “demonstrate their indifference to the health and safety of others.”

Provincial health officials have been focusing their public messages on people throwing indoor private parties, which they say have been responsible for a majority of new cases.

“We are continuing to review what can be done about those, we are continuing to engage with people and discourage people from hosting such gatherings,” Health Minister Adrian Dix said on Aug. 17.

Enforcement responsibility will be shared by police, municipal bylaw officers, WorkSafe BC, and public health officials, Dix said.