Those restrictions most notably include a ban on indoor dining and group fitness classes, which the province has said are among the workplaces that see the highest rates of transmission.
Premier John Horgan, Provincial Health Officer Doctor Bonnie Henry along with Health Minister Adrian Dix made the announcement at a press conference today (Monday).
Since we last reported, we have had 696 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,845 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 108 in the Island Health region, 211 in the Interior Health region, 100 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
"Dr. Henry has been saying for months, months, months, stay in your territory, be in your community, "Horgan said".
This results in 2,960 new cases, for a total of 120,040 cases in British Columbia.
Bookings from outside of health areas will be eliminated, and random traffic stops will be set up to help enforce the new measures.
"They will be susceptible to all travelers, not just a few".
Horgan said signs would be posted at the Alberta border, reminding anyone driving within Kim that it should only be for essential trips.
He added that there will be no additional authority given to police, "this will be a random audit, to ensure people are following the guidelines". "I continue to hope that the situation will soon improve, so that we can once again resume in person worship, which is so necessary to us as a sacramental Church".
British Columbians are asked to be mindful of traveling outside of their communities and health regions and reduce indoor and outdoor contacts.
Those between 55 and 65 can also receive their AztraZeneca vaccine at a local pharmacy.