VICTORIA, B.C. – “Hunker down and stay local,”  says Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety, who held a conference Friday morning regarding the provincial travel restrictions.

The new travel restrictions prohibit non-essential travel into or out of all health authority regions in B.C., effective immediately.

Travel restrictions are in place until after the May long weekend, ending on May 25th.

Regarding the regional zones, the Northern Health Region and Interior Health Authority are now a combined region. People will only be able to travel within the region.

Residents may still go hiking and camping, but Farnworth reminds residents to “just do it locally”.

Farnworth also announced the province is working with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to install signage on highways and along with the border with Alberta.

At the discretion of police, a $575 fine will be issued to those who do not follow the new restrictions.

The Province has identified the following as essential travel:

When Farnworth was asked during the question period about what police will be doing for check stops, he says full details on the order will be released next week.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is released.