B.C. declares provincial state of emergency to respond to COVID-19

COVID-19/coronavirus update: March 18, 2020

B.C. has declared a provincial state of emergency to allow for the preservation of supply chains delivering groceries and other essential items to the province during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth made the declaration Wednesday, saying the proclamation ensures federal, provincial and local resources are delivered in a quick, joint, “co-ordinated way” to protect British Columbians during the outbreak.