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British Columbians urged to stay home this Easter weekend amid COVID rise

Last Updated Apr 1, 2021 at 3:44 pm PDT

FILE - Signage urging people to avoid non-essential travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ryan Lidemark, NEWS 1130 Photo)

B.C. reported its highest single-day COVID-19 case count on Wednesday, with 1,013 new infection

Easter weekend comes just days after B.C. re-introduced restrictions on indoor dining, religious gatherings

Nationally, Canada is approaching the one-million mark in cases since this pandemic began

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – With the Easter weekend upon us, British Columbians are being urged to stay home as COVID-19 cases surge across the province.

This message bears even more urgency after B.C. reported its highest single-day case count on Wednesday, with 1,013 new infections.

“The risk for all of us is too great, which means any of our usual travel and holiday weekend gatherings need to be put on hold this year,” reads a joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

Wednesday was the first time since the pandemic started that B.C. has crossed the thousand-mark threshold for new daily cases.

Beyond that disturbing tally, the latest cases mean more than 100,000 people in B.C. have contracted COVID-19 to date.

Nationally, we are approaching the one-million mark in cases since this pandemic began.

Canada’s top doctor has previously urged Canadians to “hold on together a bit stronger and longer” until vaccines can do their job.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam continues to stress the risk virus variants pose to our efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Recently, she said she was concerned that variants could threaten “our progress before vaccines can bring full benefits.”

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As the province tries to get its case load under control once again, the Easter long weekend marks the first weekend since new restrictions were announced.

They include a ban on indoor dining at eateries, the closure of non-liquor-primary establishments, as well as indoor religious services no longer being allowed, despite recent announcements relaxing these rules for the next few weeks.