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West coast First Nations communities restrict access amid outbreak

West coast First Nations communities restrict access amid outbreak

The COVID-19 outbreak has prompted two First Nations on the west coast of Vancouver Island to restrict access to their communities.
Province declares public health emergency; bars and clubs ordered to close

Province declares public health emergency; bars and clubs ordered to close

• Emergency order allows for faster actions • More cases confirmed as more test results come back • Reminder that people coming to Canada must self-isolate for 14 days • Elderly people encouraged to say home, away from others • Social distancing is k
Courts in Nanaimo and Campbell River closed after COVID-19 contact

Courts in Nanaimo and Campbell River closed after COVID-19 contact

Nanaimo and Campbell River provincial courts have been closed until March 23 after a person who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus was in contact with a court participant at those locations.
B.C. Ferries passengers can stay in vehicles on all decks

B.C. Ferries passengers can stay in vehicles on all decks

In response to customer demand during the COVID-19 outbreak, B.C. Ferries has announced that passengers have the option of isolating themselves in their vehicles on enclosed car decks as well as open decks.
Clipper cancels Seattle ferry service until end of April; 30 layoffs in Victoria

Clipper cancels Seattle ferry service until end of April; 30 layoffs in Victoria

Clipper Vacations has cancelled its passenger ferry service between Victoria and Seattle until April 30.
Classes at all B.C. schools suspended indefinitely

Classes at all B.C. schools suspended indefinitely

Classes have been suspended in schools across B.C. in another move to curtail the spread of COVID-19, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced Tuesday.
Couple stuck in Morocco, want to return home to Victoria

Couple stuck in Morocco, want to return home to Victoria

Kathleen McCann wants to follow the advice of the Canadian government and return home to Victoria, but she and her husband are struggling to find a flight out of Morocco.
Jack Knox: When you shop, remember most-vulnerable businesses

Jack Knox: When you shop, remember most-vulnerable businesses

By the time he got home from the Second World War, my dad, still just 22 years old, had spent five years fighting Nazis. I, on the other hand, could potentially face a few days or weeks of watching Netflix in my own house. Not all sacrifice is equal.
Victoria council to consider emergency business aid

Victoria council to consider emergency business aid

Victoria council will consider an emergency motion Thursday to help small businesses, tourism, and the arts and culture sector survive the devastating economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. Mayor Lisa Helps and Coun.
Victoria lab works on treatment, vaccine for COVID-19 virus

Victoria lab works on treatment, vaccine for COVID-19 virus

Scientists in a Victoria lab are working on a vaccine and treatment for COVID-19, as the number of cases on the Island and around the world continues to climb.