Physical distancing, other measures expected to last in B.C. until at least end of April: Dix

B.C.’s health minister says British Columbians should expect to remain under strict provincial orders until at least the end of April.

Those orders, which came in response to the COVID-19 crisis, include restrictions on public gatherings, closure of services and businesses, and mandatory physical distancing.

“We are preparing for a much more serious situation in our acute care sector and in the health of British Columbians,” Adrian Dix said.

“I don’t have any expectation of any relief from the extraordinary measures that the provincial health officer has imposed on British Columbians. I don’t see any prospect before the end of April of those orders changing.”

Dix provided the information during question period of Monday’s “unprecedented” sitting of the B.C. legislature. The health minister said the province has opened up 3,672 acute care beds to prepare for what the province is expecting will be a huge increase in coronavirus hospitalization.

The province will be releasing modelling numbers in the next week to provide the public with a sense of what the province is looking at in terms of cases and death projections.

The B.C. legislature is expected to pass two pieces of legislation on Monday, including a financial aid package and a law to ban employers from firing employees because they have to stay home due to COVID-19.

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