A new order from Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, has suspended all parking fees at hospitals in B.C.
In a press briefing on Monday, Minister Dix stated that payments for parking will no longer be required starting April 1st.
This applies to all patients, staff, and visitors, and marks an effort to curb the risks of COVID-19 transmission at hospitals in the province.
The measure includes the suspension of parking fees that come out of staff payroll, making the service free for everyone.
According to the latest update, B.C. now has 970 cases of COVID-19 including 67 on Vancouver Island.
The province has reported a recovery rate of 48%, meaning almost half of coronavirus patients in B.C. have recovered.
The BCCDC has set up a 2019 novel coronavirus telephone information line at 1-833-784-4397 for those who have further questions about this disease.
Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.
The Province has also created the 1-888-COVID-19 line to connect British Columbians needing non-medical information about the coronavirus pandemic.
As of the time of publication, the total number of COVID-19 patients worldwide has risen to 772,226.
Over 37,000 people have died from the illness and 160,243 have made a full recovery.