Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and the Provincial Health Office issued Province-wide restrictions. These restrictions will last for two weeks from November 19, 2020 at midnight to December 7, 2020 at midnight.

“Although previous provincial health orders created some confusion, these orders are much more straight-forward, and will help bend the curve of the virus. We must do all that we can to adhere to health and safety orders.”, stated Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. “If we do not adhere to these restrictions, people will continue to lose their lives, lose their job, businesses will shut down, the economy will go into a self-induced depression. It is time to get serious.”

“Masks are an important factor to reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially for the Winter season. The Surrey Board of Trade urgently asked for clear messaging and leadership from municipalities and health authorities to mandate masks in public spaces, and although the City of Surrey did not deliver, we are pleased that the Provincial government stepped up to guide the community.”

No social gatherings of any size with anyone other than your household or core bubble. For example:

Do not invite friends or extended family to your household
Do not gather outdoors
Do not gather in your backyard
Do not have playdates for children

All events and community-based gatherings as defined in the Public Health Office (PHO) order – Gatherings and Events (PDF) are suspended. For example:

Musical or theatre performances
Seasonal activities
Silent auctions
Maintain your core bubble. This should be a maximum of two people outside of those living in your immediate household.

An immediate household is:

A group of people who live in the same dwelling. For example:If you have a rental suite in your home, the suite is a separate household
If you live in an apartment or house with roommates, you are all members of the same household
If you see people gathering in crowds or groups that disobey the PHO orders, please do your part and report them. We need to work together in order to bend the curve.

To report an urgent situation in Surrey where an individual or business is suspected of being in non-compliance with Public Health Orders, please report the violation by contacting Surrey Bylaw Call Centre at 604-591-4370 or the Surrey RCMP non-emergency line at 604-599-0502. Less urgent violations can be reported online using the Report a Problem tool: https://my. home

For more information on the recent PHO order click here.

To read the Surrey Board of Trade’s statement on masks click here.