There is good and bad news when it comes to the pandemic in the Skeena.
The bad news is that COVID cases are surging across the province thanks to the highly contagious Delta variant.
The good news is that you can still go see a concert, watch a movie, visit a gym or hang out with your friends in a bar–that is, so long as you’re vaccinated and wear a mask.
That was the gist of a new provincial announcement this week saying that residents of the province have to show proof of vaccination in order to access many events, services and businesses.
“Getting vaccinated keeps everyone in B.C. safe and stops the spread of COVID-19.And getting vaccinated is the best choice to protect yourself, the people you love and to ensure you can continue to participate in these public and private events and settings,” said B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix.
The rules go into effect September 13. You’ll need to show proof that you have at least vaccine dose. By October 24, you’ll have to show proof of two doses.
“A secure weblink will be provided and publicized before Sept. 13, where people will be able to confidentially access their proof of vaccination. Individuals will be able to save a copy of their proof of vaccination to their phone to show it when entering or using designated businesses and events. Individuals who cannot access their proof of vaccination online will be provided with a secure alternative option,” the government explains.
The province also announced that everyone has to wear masks indoors–at least for the time being.
“The public health order which takes effect tomorrow has been described as temporary and is one which will be re-evaluated once the province’s new ‘vaccine passport’ program is up and running later in the Fall,” the North Coast Review reports.
Even though the vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious illness and death, it is still possible to catch and transmit the coronavirus after being vaccinated.
That’s why Dr. Bonnie Henry says “it’s important to take this extra temporary step to make indoor public spaces safer for everyone.”