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COVID-19 —What You Need to Know: March 25

March 25th 2020

Impacts on Business:

  • While non-essential businesses have not been told to shut their doors, British Columbians have been encouraged to restrict non-essential shopping and movement as much as possible. This will ultimately have an impact on "non-essential" businesses throughout the province 

Status Update as of March 25, 4:00 PM PST:

  • 42 new positive tests in B.C., 659 positive total cases in B.C.
  • 64 people are in hospital, 26 in intensive care, 1 additional death and 183 have fully recovered and released from isolation
  • Dr. Bonnie Henry insists that B.C. will not end up like Italy and it is not on the same trajectory. The model is to be provided this week

Global mapping of the virus is being done by Johns Hopkins, providing real-time data on the spread of COVID-19 

Recent Government Announcements:

Federal

Province of B.C.

  • The B.C. Government has announced they will be providing a direct, tax-free payment of $1000 to those who have been unable to work due to COVID-19
  • The B.C. Government also announced they will be deferring provincial student loan payments for the next 6 months
  • Premier John Horgan announced that there will be a rent freeze put into place during the crisis
  • Impacted renters can apply for up to $500 a month for 4 months in support from the B.C. Government
  • Dr. Bonnie Henry laid-out testing eligibility for specific groups of British Columbians
  • This includes: 
  • Health care workers, residents in long term care and individuals associated with community clusters not related to travel
City of Vancouver
  • The City of Vancouver has announced that businesses who do not follow orders under the city's State of Emergency by-laws can be fined up to $50,000
  • Alongside this announcement, the City of Vancouver also made it clear than individuals who do not follow the by-law orders can be fined up to $1000
“We are working together with our partners at every level of government and in the social services sector to find safe and efficient ways to provide supports to the people who need them the most as quickly as possible.” - Shane Simpson, Provincial Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
 

 

Coast Communications and COVID-19

We have been supporting clients to plan for and manage internal and external communications since before the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in B.C. If you need issues or crisis support related to the COVID-19 pandemic or other issues, call us at 604.767.0207.