Bonnie Henry has announced wide-ranging new rules for controlling the spread of COVID-19, including mandatory masks in indoor public and retail spaces, and restricting social gatherings to household members only for everyone across B.C.
Henry also introduced a mask mandate, requiring face coverings in all indoor public and retail spaces, with a few exceptions.
The measure includes all corridors, elevators and common areas; however, it does not apply to food service areas or when someone is eating or drinking.
The vast majority of the new cases remain clustered in the Lower mainland, with 210 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 481 in the Fraser Health region, 38 in the Interior Health region, 20 in Island Health and 13 in the Northern Health region.
"I need you. I need you to step up, to hold the line to help all of us get through this", she said, making a personal appeal to the public.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is expected to announce new restrictions and extend those now in effect in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions.
In today's (Thursday) COVID-19 briefing, It was noted most transmission has come from close knit social gatherings, and not interactions between workers and the public.
Employees and visitors who are not wearing masks will be denied entry and asked to leave.
However, Doctor Henry admitted her stance on mandatory masks had changed upon hearing the concerns voiced by business owners anxious about mask enforcement.
Sport teams travelling from outside of Prince George will not be able to participate in sporting events at City facilities.