Here’s the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond for Friday, June 19:
• The province has not seen a death related to COVID-19 in the past week, after recording 168 deaths since the pandemic began.
• The federal government’s COVID-19 quarantine measures for people arriving from the U.S. and other countries have improved to the point where provincial employees are ending their own border checks as of Saturday, June 20, Premier John Horgan says.
• Twilight Drive-In owner Jay Daulat says he’s losing sleep and “the hair [he] has left,” due to stress from limitations imposed on his business by a provincial health order.
• B.C. has extended its emergency rental supplement and slightly altered a moratorium on evictions through to August as many continue to face challenges returning to work due to the ongoing pandemic.
• White Rock Rotary Club’s initiative to supply free hot lunches to the homeless – and others enduring economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic – has been getting a boost from the public.
• Government officials have closed a loophole that has enabled cross-border couples and families to reunite at Peace Arch Provincial Park during the pandemic.
• An independent school teacher was one of eight new COVID-19 cases announced in B.C. Thursday (June 18).
• B.C.’s premier is hoping the province can enter into Phase Three of its COVID-19 restart plan by as early as next week.
• Accessing a swab test is easy these days, but the actual test can more than a little daunting: Black Press Media reporter Jessica Peters shares her COVID-19 testing experience.
• The federal government will soon be launching a contact tracing app for COVID-19, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday (June 18).
• B.C. Ferries travellers can once again get a hot meal while in transit.