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B.C. extends state of emergency, reminds fight against COVID-19 shared responsibility

Last Updated Sep 16, 2020 at 5:26 am PDT

FILE - Packages of face masks on April 29, 2020. (Tony Fera, CityNews)

Provincial health officials say the fight against the virus is everyone's responsibility

The province is making the assertion as it extends its state of emergency once again

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — British Columbians are being urged to take responsibility in the fight against COVID-19 as the province extends its state of emergency for the 14th time, until the end of September.

“Government and public health officials are doing what we can to fight this pandemic, but individual responsibility is going to play a major role in how this pandemic turns out,” B.C.’s Premier John Horgan said Tuesday.

“As we head into fall, every one of us needs to be following public health guidance to the letter so we can keep schools safe, keep the economy moving and flatten the curve.”

Between Aug. 21 and Sept. 12, 14 tickets were handed out for violations of COVID-19 health orders, including eight $2,000 tickets to owners and organizers of gatherings and events.

Six people were fined $200 each.

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The state of emergency will continue until at least Sept. 29.

“We’re asking British Columbians to do the right thing and continue taking the health of your family, friends and neighbours seriously,” Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said. “We’ve put measures in place to protect people and deal with those who insist on breaking the rules. We all need to take personal responsibility and make choices that will keep our communities safe.”

Meanwhile, 97 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

No one has passed away from the virus in the same period.