COVID-19 Update August 19-21: Here’s What You Need to Know
Here’s a quick overview what we currently know about it.
— The Canadian Press
What are BC’s current public health measures?
MASKS: Masks are not required in indoor public places, although individual businesses and event organizers may choose to require them. and airplanes, and in health care facilities.
GATHERINGS AND EVENTS: There are currently no restrictions on gatherings and events such as personal gatherings, weddings, funerals, worship services, exercise and fitness activities, and swimming pools. There are also no restrictions or capacity limits on restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs; and no restrictions on sporting activities.
NURSING HOMES: There are no capacity restrictions for visitors to long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities for the elderly, however, visitors must show proof of vaccination before visiting.
Exemptions are available for children under 12, those with a medical exemption, and visitors attending compassionate end-of-life visits. Visitors to senior residences are also required to take a rapid antigen test before visiting the facility or be tested upon arrival. Testing exemptions are available for people presenting for compassionate visits or end-of-life care.
How can I get vaccinated in British Columbia?
Anyone living in British Columbia who is eligible for a vaccine can get one by following these steps:
• Register online at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated to make an appointment in your community.
• Or, if you prefer, you can register and then go to a walk-in clinic in your health authority.
• The system will notify you when it is time to take your second dose.
• The same system will also alert you when it is time to give your booster dose.
Where can I get a COVID-19 test?
TEST CENTERS: British Columbia’s COVID-19 Test Collection Centers are currently only testing people with symptoms who are hospitalized, pregnant, considered high risk, or who live/work with high risk people. You can find a testing center using the BC Center for Disease Control’s test center map.
If you have mild symptoms, you don’t need a test and you should stay home until your fever is gone. Those without symptoms do not need testing.
RAPID HOME ANTIGEN TESTS: Eligible British Columbians over the age of 18 who have a personal health insurance number can visit a pharmacy to receive a free take-home test kit containing five COVID-19 rapid antigen tests.
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