British Columbia remains in the longest state of emergency the province has ever seen after a further extension on Tuesday.

Premier John Horgan has extended the provincial state of emergency for the eighth time on July 7 after the previous extension period ran out.

Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth initially declared a state of emergency on March 18 as a result of COVID-19, which was originally in effect for 14 days.

It was then extended seven times by Premier Horgan, on March 31, April 15, April 29, May 13th, May 27, June 10, and June 24.

Today’s announcement further extends the state of emergency until the end of day on July 21, 2020.

“We’ve made a commitment to British Columbians to do all that we can to keep COVID-19 at bay,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, in a statement.

“The extension of the state of emergency will allow us to keep orders in place to ensure public safety until measures are in place to transition out of the state of emergency.”

Declarations of emergency can be extended by the province by increments of 14 days at a time.