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Cruise-ship season delayed to July 1

Cruise-ship season delayed to July 1

The start of the cruise-ship season has been officially postponed to July 1 because of concern about the COVID-19 virus. Transport Canada said the deferral applies to all cruise ships that have a capacity to carry more than 500 passengers and crew.
For homeless people, daily survival is the top priority

For homeless people, daily survival is the top priority

People desperate for a meal and a place to sleep are focused on daily survival, not whether they might have contracted the novel coronavirus, says Grant McKenzie of Our Place Society, which runs a drop-in centre for people who are homeless “They’re r
Are you ill? Stay home, stay away from others

Are you ill? Stay home, stay away from others

If you are sick, the first thing you need to do is stay home, away from others, says provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
Adrian Raeside cartoon: The strain on B.C.’s health-care system

Adrian Raeside cartoon: The strain on B.C.’s health-care system

Are you ill? Stay home and away from others, health officials advise.
Tech buzzing about ‘social distancing’

Tech buzzing about ‘social distancing’

“Social distancing” has become the new buzzword around Victoria’s high-tech sector, according to the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council.
Heeding call from health officials, large-crowd Greater Victoria events are being cancelled

Heeding call from health officials, large-crowd Greater Victoria events are being cancelled

With health authorities advising against large gatherings, numerous events are being cancelled or postponed. On Thursday, provincial health officer Dr.
Times Colonist 10K cancelled to avoid virus spread

Times Colonist 10K cancelled to avoid virus spread

The 2020 Times Colonist 10K run, scheduled for April 26, has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event, which has been held every spring for 30 years, is organized by RunSport and sponsored by the Times Colonist.
Petition calls for UVic campus to be closed to protect students from COVID-19

Petition calls for UVic campus to be closed to protect students from COVID-19

A petition being circulated at the University of Victoria calls for the campus to be closed to stop the spread of COVID-19 and “pre-emptively protect” students.
B.C. recommends against non-essential travel outside Canada, large gatherings

B.C. recommends against non-essential travel outside Canada, large gatherings

No new cases of COVID-19 reported on Vancouver Island
Jack Knox: Think COVID-19 is no big deal? It’s not about you

Jack Knox: Think COVID-19 is no big deal? It’s not about you

Clean hands? They want to see clean hands? The entire cast of Grey’s Anatomy hasn’t scrubbed up as much as you have in the past few days. Thoroughly, too, maybe even following one of those 13-pictogram charts showing proper technique.