BC has ruled out any chance of a regional approach to loosening COVID-19 restrictions.
On Monday, Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed that previous attempts to lift restrictions in certain areas only lead to increased travel across BC's health authorities.
“We’ve maintained an approach of doing it together here in the province, and I don’t see that changing," she said.
"We’ve seen that this virus can cause dramatic effects in many communities across the province, and we’re not yet at the point where we have enough immunity across the province that we can do things differently.”
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Over the weekend, health officials reported 325 new COVID-19 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,201 new cases in Fraser Health, 50 cases in Island Health, 131 in Interior Health and 52 in Northern Health.
There are currently 4,027 active cases of COVID-19 in Fraser Health, compared to 461 active cases in Interior Health.
BC's current public health orders restricting in-person dining, workout classes and travel are officially in place until May 25th.
Henry said more details will be released this week regarding the province's reopening plans.