(Victoria Buzz)

Big changes are coming to the province.

In a live press conference Tuesday, BC Health Officials announced they would be switching to weekly COVID-19 updates starting Thursday, April 7th.

Currently, COVID-19 statistics for the province are provided every weekday, with a three-day report released to the public on Mondays. 

During the press conference, officials also reminded the public of some other changes coming this week, including the end of the BC Vaccine Card.

Effective Friday, April 8th at 12:01 a.m., British Columbians will no longer have to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in non-essential public settings.

However, individual businesses and organizations can still choose to continue to require the Vaccine Card proof on their premises.

The vaccine card program, which launched last September, requires those 12 and up attending events, gyms or restaurants to have a vaccine card and photo ID ready to be checked and scanned before entry.

On Friday, post secondary residence vaccine requirements will also be lifted and businesses will transition from COVID-19 safety plans to communicable disease plans. 

BC’s COVID-19 update for Monday saw the province’s Ministry of Health announce 728 new cases of the virus—including 154 in Island Health, over a three-day period.

There are currently 321 people in hospital with the virus, 36 of whom are in critical care—ICU or acute care units.

The latest update also noted 93.8% of all adults living in the province were vaccinated with one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 91.5% were vaccinated with two doses.

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