COVID-19 update for August 10: Here’s what you need to know

However, when the travel mandate went into effect last October, the government ensured there were exemptions for travelers to move around the country, even for those living in remote communities.

Pandemic benefits too generous with companies, strict with workers: experts

Benefits put in place at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic allowed vulnerable Canadians to stay healthy and maintain an income, but business supports were excessive and show the outsized influence of business groups on public policy, economists say.

Nearly two and a half years ago, the federal government faced an unprecedented task of shutting down the economy to slow the rapid spread of COVID-19. That closure led to a series of pandemic relief benefits intended to soften the blow for workers and businesses, with the two most prominent programs being the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

A recent Statistics Canada analysis based on census data shows that two-thirds of Canadian adults received pandemic benefits in 2020, and these benefits cushioned income losses and reduced inequality.— The Canadian Press

What are BC’s current public health measures?

MASKS: Masks are not required in indoor public settings, although individual businesses and event organizers may choose to require them.

The use of masks is also recommended, but not required, aboard BC public transportation and ferries, although they are still required in federally regulated travel spaces, such as trains, airports and airplanes, and in care settings. medical.

MEETINGS AND EVENTS: There are currently no restrictions on gatherings and events such as personal gatherings, weddings, funerals, religious services, exercise and fitness activities, and swimming pools. There are also no restrictions or capacity limits in restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs; and no restrictions on sports activities.

CARE HOMES: There are no capacity restrictions for visitors to long-term care and assisted living facilities for the elderly, however, visitors must show proof of immunizations prior to visiting. Waivers are available for children under the age of 12, those with a medical waiver, and visitors attending compassionate end-of-life visits.

Visitors to nursing homes should also take a rapid antigen test before visiting the facility or get tested upon arrival. Testing waivers are available for those attending compassionate visitation or end-of-life care.

How do I get vaccinated in BC?

Anyone who lives in BC and is eligible for a vaccine can get one by following these steps:

• Register online at to book an appointment in your community.
• Or, if you prefer, you can register and then visit a drop-in clinic at your health authority.
• The system will notify you when it is time to go for your second dose.
• The same system will also notify you when it is time for your booster dose.

Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

TEST CENTERS: Currently, BC’s COVID-19 test collection centers are only testing those with symptoms who are hospitalized, pregnant, considered high-risk, or live/work with high-risk individuals. You can find a testing center using the BC Center for Disease Control test center map.

If you have mild symptoms, you do not need a test and should stay home until your fever is gone. Those without symptoms do not need a test.

TAKE HOME RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS: Eligible British Columbians over the age of 18 with a Personal Health Number can visit a pharmacy to receive a free take-home test kit containing five rapid COVID-19 antigen tests.

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