VICTORIA, B.C. – B.C. has once again extended the provincial state of emergency.

The current state of emergency has been extended until the end of day on Tuesday, July 6th.  This two week period will allow health and emergency management officials to continue to support the Province’s COVID-19 pandemic response.

According to a release from the government, the state of emergency may be cancelled before July 6th if B.C. continues to see solid progress on case numbers, hospitalizations, and vaccination rates.

“Better days are within reach this summer, but we need to carefully guard our progress against COVID-19,” said Premier John Horgan.

“People in B.C. have been doing their part by getting vaccinated, following the rules and working together to put the pandemic behind us. I’m asking everyone to stay on track through Step 2 of our restart so we can look forward to the opportunities that come with Step 3.”

The original declaration was made on March 18th, 2020, and is the longest state of emergency in the province’s history.