To restrict non-essential travel between 3 provincial health zones

British Columbia travel ban between health authorities now in effect until May 25

British Columbia travel ban between health authorities now in effect until May 25

The company says staff will ask all customers if their travel is essential before purchasing a ticket.

More than 1.5-million British Columbians have had their first dose of vaccination, a number that Farnsworth said should double within the next month, though "for now, we need to hunker down, and stay local".

Henry's advice that everyone should stay in their local community, such as those in North Vancouver should remain on the North Shore rather than travelling throughout their regional zone to places like Richmond or the Fraser Valley, still apply.

The order applies to everyone in the province, including non-essential travelers from outside the province.

Anyone who contravenes this new order is subject to a $575 fine.

A B.C. government website gives a long list of what is considered as essential reasons to travel. The same is the case for Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions.

The new orders are being brought in using the extraordinary powers of the Emergency Program Act.

For all regions, people can travel within the area, but not outside of them. These include things like attending school or work, the commercial transportation of goods, returning to a principal residence, accessing child care, obtaining health care or assisting someone to receive health care.

But Farnworth said there is still a distinction between these legal orders and the current public health guidelines.

"While this order doesn't stop someone from travelling large distances within their own region, from Merritt to Nelson, or Abbotsford to Squamish for example, that doesn't mean that these trips should be happening".

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"What I can tell you is this, we have been working very closely with the police, the RCMP here in British Columbia, and the chiefs of police on how the order will work and how the process can work", he said, adding more details on the order would come out next week.

"Whistler's mayor, for example, is explicitly asking people not to visit right now".

Ontario faced intense criticism after giving police the right to stop pedestrians and motorists to ask where they live and why they're not at home, prompting the province to walk back those powers days after announcing them.

The new rules, as outlined by Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth at a news briefing today, April 23, have combined the Interior Health and Northern Health regions into one region where people are allowed non-essential travel.

In terms of police engagement, the province will be working with police authorities in the coming days to establish periodic road checks at key travel corridors during times associated with leisure travel to remind travellers of the order. Accommodations are also being encouraged to cancel bookings from people who are arriving from outside the health area.

ICBC for those who have booked road tests outside their region to reschedule those tests without hassle.

"Community transmission and COVID-19 cases - including variants of concern - have increased in our health authorities, with many cases being linked to non-essential travel within B.C.", Henry said.

The tourism industry, including the BC Hotel Association, issued a joint statement with Tourism Minister Melanie Mark urging residents not to travel outside their local communities, many of which do not want visitors.

Earlier this week, the National Police Federation said it had "grave concerns" about police taking part in enforcing a COVID-19 ban on non-essential travel.

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