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No plans for B.C. to move Spring Break dates as Ontario postpones it until April

Last Updated Feb 11, 2021 at 5:18 pm PDT

FILE (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Premier John Horgan says B.C. doesn't have plans to change Spring Break this year

Ontario postponed its Spring Break until April to slow COVID-19 transmission

B.C. reported 449 new infections and nine more deaths on Thursday

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Ontario is pushing back its spring break this year in an attempt to slow down COVID-19 infection rates, but it doesn’t seem like B.C. is considering the same plan.

The Ontario education minister announced Thursday the province would be postponing its Spring Break until April 12, a week after Easter.

Premier John Horgan addressed the idea the day before during a media briefing. He said there are no plans to amend Spring Break because the province still wants to maintain “a sense of normalcy” for K-12 students.

“I know other jurisdictions who don’t have the same opportunities for good weather as we do here in B.C.,” he said. “We don’t have the concern here. People will probably be pretty happy to stay here in British Columbia and take advantage of the opportunities we have here.”

There was a push for B.C. to extend the winter break out of concern for the number of COVID-19 cases and exposure notices at the time. Thousands of people signed a petition calling for the extension, but it never happened.

While there aren’t any plans to change up the upcoming break, Horgan is asking everyone to keep following public health orders.

“Don’t go engaging in reckless behaviour. Do your level best to stay safe and keep other people safe around you – that’s the plan at the moment.”

He’s also reiterating the same message of staying close to home and sticking to your safe bubble.

Spring Break in B.C. starts March 15 and is one to two weeks, depending on the school district.

On Thursday B.C. reported 449 new infections and nine more deaths.

So far, 159,887 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given, with 15,684 being second

The number of patients in hospital decreased by six to 224. Sixty-three of the patients are in intensive care.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported less than 1,000 COVID-19 infections Thursday, but that’s largely because of a reporting error out of Toronto.

-with files from the Canadian Press