Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, during the March 23 update on the coronavirus pandemic at the B.C. legislature, as Health Minister Adrian Dix keeps the recommended distance to avoid transmission. (B.C. government photo)

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond

MARCH 27: Surge in food-bank demand, health authorities ban non-essential visits to care homes

Here’s the latest news for Surrey, White Rock and beyond for Friday, March 27. This will be updated as information becomes available:

• Food Banks BC is already experiencing a surge in demand across its branches throughout the province, according to executive director Laura Lansink.

• The Surrey-based country artist is among musicians signed on for Diesel Bird Digital Music Festival, a two-day showcase of songs on March 28-29, starting at 11 a.m. daily (Pacific time).

• The provincial government has announced a new $3-million fund for artists and arts and cultural organizations impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

• A new public health order issued March 27 limits community markets and farmers markets to food sales only.

• A local foundation is banking on the fact that Surrey does indeed care – especially for our community’s most vulnerable.

• B.C.’s five regional health authorities have banned non-essential visits to in-care seniors through the COVID-19 pandemic.

• The Fraser Health Authority says two workers at seniors homes in Surrey and Langley have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

• A Surrey textile recycling company is collecting clothes to support Surrey’s Food Bank in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says COVID-19 contact restrictions are working.

• Surrey Mounties are running extra patrols in local business parks throughout the city to spook off would-be burglars as companies temporarily close up during the pandemic.

• The City of Surrey has created a joint COVID-19 Compliance Support Team.

• Guildford Golf & Country Club general manager Corey Anderson says he’s found ways to encourage “social distancing” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

• An open letter signed by 112 family doctors in Surrey and North Delta is urging residents, especially young people, to do more to fight the spread of COVID-19.

• The BC Association of Farmers Markets (BCAFM) has announced it will move to an online model to continue providing consumers with locally grown and prepared food products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Small businesses will now be able to receive up to 75 per cent in federal government funds in order to keep paying their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic – up from the previously announced 10 per cent.

• As many Semiahmoo Peninsula residents find themselves out of work – and conserving their resources – due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sources Food Bank has issued a plea for donations of both food and cash.

• Social media is lighting up with Christmas-y photos and the hashtags #LightsForLife and #ChristmasInMarch, sharing efforts – including in Surrey – to bring a little light to the darkness of the COVID-19 pandemic.

• B.C.-based online platform ‘Purposely’ pairs those who need help with those who can help them.

• While reducing visitors, practising social distancing and hygience measures, for the most part, it’s business as usual for B.C. egg and chicken producers during the pandemic.

• The Conservative party is suspending its leadership race in the face of the ongoing crisis caused by COVID-19.

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