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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Local News

Jack Knox: Advice from Victorian in Italy: take virus seriously

Jack Knox: Advice from Victorian in Italy: take virus seriously

Stuck in northern Italy, here’s what Daria Dosselli has to say to her fellow Victorians: Take COVID-19 seriously now, before it’s too late. As it is, we have a chance to learn from Italy’s experience. “It’s early,” she says.

Governments asked to give businesses some breathing room

Business groups in Victoria have asked the federal and provincial governments for immediate relief from what could be crippling payments during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Les Leyne: B.C. relying on Ottawa for rescue mission

Les Leyne: B.C. relying on Ottawa for rescue mission

Premier John Horgan was more interested Tuesday in pressing Ottawa for action on the economic response to the pandemic than showing his own hand.
Spinnakers temporarily closes, donates perishable food

Spinnakers temporarily closes, donates perishable food

Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria is turning lemons into lemonaide.
David Foster, Katharine McPhee put on show from home

David Foster, Katharine McPhee put on show from home

Victoria’s David Foster is letting online audiences into his home on a daily basis during the COVID-19 outbreak — albeit safely, via Instagram.
Business in a pandemic: Some shops shut, others try to adapt

Business in a pandemic: Some shops shut, others try to adapt

As new information about the COVID-19 outbreak rolls out, some Vancouver Island businesses are remaining open, some are closing temporarily and many are trying to find a middle ground that allows them to continue to operate while keeping customers an
Owners group questions call for daycares to stay open

Owners group questions call for daycares to stay open

B.C.’s licensed daycare centres will remain open for now even as the province moves to suspend all K-12 classes due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Premier John Horgan said his government based its decision on the advice of provincial health officer Dr.
Symptoms checklist for COVID-19; call 811 for advice

Symptoms checklist for COVID-19; call 811 for advice

The B.C. Ministry of Health has launched a new online tool for people who aren't sure whether they require testing or assessment for COVID-19. It can be found at covid19.thrive.health .
Some Our Place facilities close to prevent virus spread

Some Our Place facilities close to prevent virus spread

Our Place Society will close its seasonal shelter two weeks early and plans to serve daily meals outdoors to meet stricter health regulations enacted Tuesday in the province’s fight against COVID-19.

Front counters closed as police reduce exposure

As COVID-19 precaution police forces, including the Victoria Police and Nanaimo RCMP, are cutting back on their exposure to the general public.