(Premier John Horgan/BC Gov Flickr)

The provincial government formally extended B.C.’s state of emergency on Tuesday, with a new expiration date of January 19, 2021.

This new deadline will mark ten months since the state of emergency was first declared on March 18, 2020.

“There’s hope on the horizon for the new year with vaccines beginning, but I want to caution everyone to keep following public health orders,” said Premier John Horgan.

“British Columbians have been working hard to flatten the curve, and to do that, we can’t let up too soon.”

The state of emergency has allowed the province to implement penalties and fines for violators of provincial health orders, including attending or hosting mass gatherings.

According to the province, 574 violation tickets for contraventions of provincial guidelines were issued from August 21, 2020 to January 1, 2021.

Police in B.C. have also issued 77 tickets to individuals for violations of the federal Quarantine Act, totalling $84,266.25.

Further extensions of the provincial state of emergency can be made for periods of up to 14 days at a time.

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