VICTORIA, B.C. – Premier John Horgan is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to require all provinces to implement restrictions on non-essential travel.

His call is in response to an increase of COVID-19 cases across British Columbia and Canada.

According to Horgan, the regional measures need to “take hold” and that non-essential travel in B.C. is prohibited and will remain that way for at least the next two weeks, to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Horgan says these travel restrictions are not a penalty but to help  protect the most vulnerable.

“This is not a penalty. This is not people wagging their finger at you, this is solid advice that will keep you, your family, and your loved ones safe, and that’s the reason we’ve been doing this for the past nine months.”

B.C. has now seen over 23,000 cases, while Canada is now over 306,000 cases.