Summary of Government Announcements & Health Orders

The Strathcona Regional District released a summary of British Columbian government announcements & health orders (marked !!), as of April 2, 2020. Many of these items have embedded links to the original announcements.



  •  Violations of Public Health Orders (!!) can carry fines of over $25,000 or jail time.
  •  Gatherings are banned.!!
  • Maintain 2m distance from others.!!
  • Stay home as much as possible, do not visit with friends (call them instead).!!
  • It’s okay to go outside for fresh air and exercise, but stay away from others.!!
  • Self-isolate if you are sick, even if it is not COVID-19.!!


  • Scheduled elective surgeries and procedures are being postponed.
  • Workers and volunteers in long-term care may no longer work at multiple facilities.!!
  • Visitor restrictions are in place for all Vancouver Coastal Health facilities, including hospitals, long-term care, assisted living sites, community health centres and clinics. For those living in other health authority areas, check online before you go.
  • Parking at all health authority owned/operated health care sites is now free.
  • Choose virtual health care services whenever available, physicians will be compensated.
  •  Physician notes are NOT required for prescription refills by pharmacists.
  •  Dentists should be providing emergency services only at this time. Services available from other regulated health care professionals (RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, etc) may also be limited at this time.
  •  MSP coverage wait times are waived for those who have been out of province and returned.
  •  Safe prescription alternatives to the illegal drug supply available to people who use substances.


  • Autoinsurance
    —–Renew auto insurance by email or phone.
    —–Remote extensions for driver licensing available. All requests for medical information temporarily postponed. Call 1-800-950-1498.
    —–Payment deferrals available, click here for information.
  • BC Ferries: Passengers may stay inside their vehicles the entire trip; on board food service is minimal; avoid non-essential travel.
  • BC TransitTransLink: Rear door, fare-free boarding on all buses. Those with accessibility needs can still load at front.
  • BC Liquor Stores will stay open, though on reduced hours.
  •  BC Service Centres will stay open, but the first hour of service is dedicated to seniors and other vulnerable people. You can also call for service: 1-800-663-7867.
  • In-Person Canada Service Centres are now closed. Apply for benefits online.
  •  Limitation periods to commence court proceedings have been suspended.
  •  bc211 is now also available to match volunteers with seniors in need of help with groceries, etc. Call 2-1-1 or visit online.







  • Canadians currently abroad are strongly advised to return to Canada now while they are still able. Call 1-613-996-8885 or email for assistance.
  • All Canadian borders are closed to non-essential travellers who are not Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents and their immediate family.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel.
  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms will be actively refused boarding onto all aircraft and trains, including for travel within Canada.
  • Overseas international flights entering Canada will be restricted to YVR, YYZ, YUL, YYC only.
  • Travellers entering the country must self-isolate for fourteen days.!! Violations carry a maximum fine of $750,000 and 6 months in jail.
  • Click here for financial supports re: travel.

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