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VICTORIA, B.C. – Premier John Horgan, Carole James, Minister of Finance, and Rob Fleming, Minister of Education held a press conference Tuesday afternoon regarding British Columbia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Premier John Horgan, the Province has been in talks with School Districts and has made the decision to indefinitely close the public school system following the spring break.

The time to reopen the public school system will be determined in the future as the situation is monitored and will continue to work with School Districts to make further decisions.

The Province says all student who should graduate from grade 12 this year, will graduate.  The Province, School Districts are now working on how to continue education of students while the schools are closed.

For licensed daycares, the Premier says they are working from the advice from Dr. Bonnie Henry and at this time daycares will remain open.  Premier Horgan says essential workers need somewhere to for their children to go and parents should ready to make changes immediately.

The Province is considering if some schools remain open to provide care for children of essential workers only.  They are still considering this idea and deciding how it will work.

The Province is still reminding anyone who travels outside of Canada to go into 14 days of self-isolation upon return.

The cancelling of all public gatherings of more than 50 people is still in effect.

The public is also being reminded to continue proper hand-washing practices and to stay home if you are feeling ill.

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