B.C. considering new restrictions amid rising COVID cases – Globalnews.ca

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It appears B.C. is considering new restrictions as COVID-19 cases rise and concerns about the Omicron variant remain high.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said Wednesday that provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has been speaking with regional health officers this week to discuss B.C.’s next move.
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Dix said they are looking at possible restrictions such as capacity limits at sporting events and changes to the vaccine card program.
“The issue of capacity limits, the issue of the vaccine card, the issue, for example, of whether the vaccine card will apply under 50, as well as over 50, in terms of capacity, so smaller events as well,” Dix said.
“Those issues are all under consideration by public health and we’ll have more to say about that soon.”
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The Ontario government said Wednesday it is reintroducing capacity limits for some indoor venues amid concerns around the Omicron variant.
Read more: Ontario reintroducing capacity limits for large indoor venues amid Omicron concerns
The new rules will take effect on Saturday at 12:01 a.m.
“This measure is being taken to reduce opportunities for close contact in high-risk indoor settings with large crowds and when masks are not always worn,” a news release from the Province of Ontario said.
Dix did warn British Columbians that the holiday season is a “time to exercise caution” and avoid non-essential international travel, as advised by the federal government.
“I think that’s good advice to take,” Dix said. “There will be other trips.”
Read more: COVID-19: B.C. reports 584 new cases and 7 deaths, says new restrictions possible
The province saw a spike in new cases for a second day and reported seven new deaths on Wednesday.
Officials reported 584 new cases, the most since Nov. 4, bringing the seven-day rolling average for B.C. to 430 and leaving the province with 3,458 active cases.
The higher case counts come after B.C. had managed to keep new cases in the 300-450 range for the better part of three weeks.
Of the new cases, 173 were in the Fraser Health region, 180 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 92 were in the Interior Health region, 31 were in the Northern Health region and 109 were in the Island Health region.
There were 193 active cases in hospital, including 77 COVID patients in critical or intensive care.
 – with files from Simon Little
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