Sunday, April 5, 2020


Latest updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Saanich Police issue reminder after groups seen disobeying COVID-19 playground closures

TLDR: ALL playgrounds in Saanich are CLOSED and people are reminded to avoid them.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games postponed until next year due to coronavirus

This is the first ever postponement in history.

B.C. government launches COVID-19 information app

Featuring the province's self-assessment tool

City of Victoria announces temporary shelter sites for homeless and vulnerable populations

Including Beacon Hill Park, Topaz Park, and Royal Athletic Park

Nanaimo doctor details staggering effect COVID-19 could have on island health care system (VIDEO)

"We're not testing everyone. It's likely there are hundreds or thousands infected," says Dr. Forrest, an infectious disease specialist at NRGH

B.C. announces $5 billion relief package for people and businesses affected by COVID-19

Here's a breakdown of some of the measures being taken

Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival postponed until late summer due to coronavirus

It was originally scheduled for May 16th and 17th.

Victoria private school confirms student tested positive for COVID-19

He was unlikely to be infectious during his last days at school.

B.C. reports 48 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 472 in province

BREAKING: There are now a total of 39 confirmed cases on Vancouver Island

Over 300 B.C. health care professionals sign letter urging people to stay home

"This is a threat that hopefully comes along only once in a lifetime."

Walmart to hire 10,000 Canadians to keep up with demand related to COVID-19

They're also making a $1 million donation to charity partners.

Royal Athletic Park could be converted into a temporary camp for homeless

It'll be located on Cook Street at Caledonia Avenue side of the stadium.
A windstorm is affecting the BC Ferries schedule

BC Ferries employee in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19

BREAKING: The employee came into contact with 7 other workers who are all now in self isolation

B.C. restaurants will be allowed to offer liquor products for take-out or delivery

In an effort to provide employment for servers laid off due to COVID-19 shut downs

Victoria Police break up house party, warn youth are not immune to COVID-19

A gathering of around 10 people aged 18-24 yrs at a suite in Esquimalt

B.C. reports 74 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 424 in province

BREAKING: There are a total of 37 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus on Vancouver Island

BC Ferries suspends all food service, donates perishables to Victoria charity

2,400 pounds of food was donated to the Rainbow Kitchen

Employees at Save-On-Foods will receive $2/hour pay increase, says union

"In response to the incredible work they are doing on the front lines of the COVID19 crisis."

B.C. reports 77 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 348 in province

BREAKING: There are now a total of 30 cases on Vancouver Island

Saanich joins Sidney in closing all playgrounds amid COVID-19 pandemic

Parks across the province are still open

These provincial parks are currently still open to the public amid coronavirus concerns

In case you still want to go for a social-distancing hike!

BC Liquor stores to remain open with adjusted hours amid COVID-19 outbreak

And there is no shortage of beer, wine and spirits in the province

7-Eleven confirms COVID-19 case closes Vancouver Island store

The affected store in Ladysmith B.C. is closed until April 2nd

Victoria Chamber of Commerce offers to connect unemployed with businesses seeking workers

While some businesses have laid off employees, others are desperately looking for more helping hands

Air Canada lays off over 5,100 people amid flight cancellations due to COVID-19

The airline will be reducing its services by around 80% in April

122nd Victoria Day Parade has been cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

"This is the first time in 12 decades of the parade that it has been cancelled."

B.C. top doctor dispels rumours that heat can kill COVID-19 after yoga studio makes...

The business claims their attendance has slowed down due to "everyone being paralyzed into a fear state of mind".

Save-On-Foods to start providing plastic bags at all stores in western Canada amid COVID-19

They will also temporarily suspend bottle returns starting tomorrow

List of stores in Victoria designating hours for elderly or other vulnerable shoppers due...

If you know of any more, let us know in the comment section!

B.C. reports 40 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total cases to 271 in province

BREAKING: There are now 22 total cases of novel coronavirus on Vancouver Island

BC RCMP debunk 6 fraudulent myths being spread about COVID-19 pandemic

Be wary of people using this pandemic to scam vulnerable populations.

Victoria Clipper extends service suspension to May 20 due to COVID-19 pandemic

They originally announced it would be until April 30th.

B.C. Supreme Court suspends regular operations, shifts focus to “essential and urgent” matters

A new system has been introduced to request hearings for urgent matters

This Netflix hack lets you stream with your friends and chat at the same...

Social distancing = Netflix party! 🍿

These Greater Victoria businesses are offering special services in light of COVID-19

Practice social distancing AND support local! 💪

Coho cancels sailings between Victoria and Washington starting March 30 amid COVID-19 pandemic

Until then, it will facilitate the return of U.S. and Canadian citizens back to their home countries.

Victoria byelection postponed to curb spread of COVID-19

It was originally scheduled to take place on April 4th

Canada-U.S. border will close to non-essential travel by this Saturday

Asylum seekers will also be temporarily housed in order to ensure that they are all quarantined for 14 days

Health officials open three new COVID-19 testing clinics on Vancouver Island

In Nanaimo, Port Hardy, and Port McNeill
BC Transit Bus Lane

BC Transit will start cancelling daily trips in Victoria due to reduced ridership

"We recognize this is a fluid situation and will update customers on a day-by-day basis..."