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The B.C. government will soon require proof of vaccination to access a wide variety of events and activities.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the BC Vaccine Card will launch on September 13, the date anyone above the age of 12 will need to have at least one dose to access many settings.

By October 24, entrance will require both doses of the vaccine.

Impacted settings include:

  • indoor ticketed sporting events
  • indoor concerts
  • indoor theatre/dance/symphony events
  • restaurants (indoor and patio dining)
  • night clubs
  • casinos
  • movie theatres
  • fitness centres/gyms (excluding youth recreational sport)
  • businesses offering indoor high-intensity group exercise activities
  • organized indoor events (eg. weddings, parties, conferences, meetings, workshops)
  • discretionary organized indoor group recreational classes and activities

Faith-based gatherings and essential businesses like grocery stores are exempt from the program.

“This will be a time-limited initiative,” said Henry.

“As we move into the fall, we’ll continue to work with the federal government to make sure we have an alignment with the federal … vaccine passport that’s under development as well.”

Henry said enforcement of the vaccine passport will fall on businesses, much like checking ID for purchases of alcohol. The rules will not apply to employees of businesses.

Individuals will be required to show proof of vaccination alongside valid government ID.

Besides people under the age of 12, there will be no exemptions for those who cannot get vaccinated for any reason. Dr. Henry said they are looking at keeping the system in place until at least January 31.

“There is no reason why those who are anxious to participate in the social and economic life of our community can’t take that next step,” Premier John Horgan said, adding the majority of British Columbians, over 80 per cent, have been vaccinated.

“That majority wants to know that people that they are interacting with have taken the same steps to protect themselves and their loved ones in their communities,” Horgan said.

He said he expects the province will have to defend the program in court.

“We’ll take that on as it comes, I don’t want to prejudge or predict who or what or how that will happen. But again, government is always prepared for these types of adventures into the courts, we do it all the time,” he said.

Horgan also confirmed this current spike in cases would delay the province’s plans to move into Step 4 of its four-step reopening plan, originally slated for September 7.

Henry said people who’ve not been fully vaccinated account for almost 90 per cent of all recent COVID-19 cases and over 93 per cent the hospitalizations.

The government says a secure weblink will be publicized before Sept. 13, where people can access their proof of vaccination. Individuals will be able to save a copy of their proof of vaccination to their phone to show it when entering or using designated businesses and events. Individuals who cannot access their proof of vaccination online will be provided with a secure alternative option, said the government.

UPDATE 1 p.m.

Live video of B.C. vaccination announcement above.


Premier John Horgan will be making his first public appearance in a month Monday afternoon at a news conference, where it is expected restrictions for unvaccinated residents will be announced.

Global News reporter Richard Zussman tweeted Saturday that unvaccinated residents will not be able to access non-essential businesses like movie theatres or restaurants.

The announcement, scheduled for 1 p.m., is also expected to provide details on what a vaccine passport will look like. Castanet will carry the news conference live within this story.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix will also attend the announcement.

A number of large organizations have in recent days require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter things like concerts or sporting events.

The federal Liberals have also made the issue a political one, campaigning on the plan to require vaccination for federal workers and to board an airplane.

Premier Horgan is returning from a multi-week holiday to Atlantic Canada.

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Ontario reports 653 new COVID-19 cases, 6 more virus-related deaths – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News



Ontario is reporting another week-over-week decline in its daily COVID-19 case count with fewer than 700 new infections confirmed over the past 24 hours.

Provincial health officials logged 653 new COVID-19 cases today, up slightly from 640 on Saturday but down from 715 one week ago.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases continues to drop, hitting 620 today, down from 709 last Sunday.

Of the new cases confirmed today, 499 are in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 154 are in those who are fully immunized.

With 31,063 tests processed over the past 24 hours, officials are reporting a provincewide positivity rate of two per cent, compared to 2.3 per cent seven days ago.

The province says there are now 177 people with COVID-19 receiving treatment in Ontario intensive care units, declining by five since last Sunday.

Six more virus-related deaths were reported over the past 24 hours but the province says three of those fatalities occurred last month.

Ontario’s active COVID-19 caseload now sits at 5,591, down from 6,396 last Sunday.

More than 80 per cent of eligible Ontarians have now received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In an effort to boost vaccination rates, the city is holding vaccination clinics in a variety of locations with high foot traffic, including malls across Toronto this weekend.

Dr. Omar Khan, an assistant professor with the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, said Ontario’s high vaccination rate will help keep ICUs from filling up.

“By having people vaccinated, that keeps them out of the hospital, keeps them out of the ICUs, and then lets the medical system catch up with everything that’s been piling up,” he told CP24 on Sunday morning. 

The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

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COVID-19: N.B. reports person in 40s has died, as province adds 82 new cases –



A person in their 40s is New Brunswick’s 54th COVID-related death.

The province said in a news release Sunday that the person was from Zone 1 (Moncton region).

The news marked six COVID-related deaths in the province since last Wednesday, under a week ago.

“Each life taken in New Brunswick by COVID-19 is more than a number,” said Premier Blaine Higgs in a news release.

“These are people’s parents, children, friends, neighbours and coworkers.”

The death was announced on the same day the province reported 82 new cases — 64 of which involve people who are not fully vaccinated.

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There are now 33 people in New Brunswick hospitalized due to the virus, 15 of whom are in the ICU.

With 33 recoveries reported, the number of active cases is now 628.

Public Health data shows 79.2 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 88 per cent have received their first dose of vaccine.

New cases breakdown

The new cases are:

Zone 1 (Moncton region) – 27 cases

  • 12 people 19 and under
  • one person 20-29
  • three people 30-39
  • two people 40-49
  • two people 50-59
  • two people 70-79
  • three people 80-89
  • two people 90 and over

Eighteen cases are under investigation and nine are contacts of a previously-confirmed case.

Zone 2 (Saint John region) – four cases

  • a person 20-29
  • a person 40-49
  • a person 60-69
  • a person 70-79

Three cases are contacts of previously-confirmed cases and one is under investigation.

Click to play video: 'COVID-19: the upward trend in cases among children'

COVID-19: the upward trend in cases among children

COVID-19: the upward trend in cases among children

Zone 3 (Fredericton region) – 30 cases

  • 16 people 19 and under
  • six people 20-29
  • one person 40-49
  • three people 50-59
  • four people 60-69

Twenty-two cases are under investigation and eight are contacts of previously-confirmed cases.

Zone 4 (Edmundston region) – 14 cases

  • four people 19 and under
  • two people 20-29
  • six people 30-39
  • two people 80-89

Thirteen cases are under investigation and one is a contact of a previously-confirmed case.

Zone 5 (Campbellton region) – two cases

  • a person 30-39
  • a person 70-79

Both cases are contacts of previously-confirmed cases.

Zone 6 (Bathurst region) – four cases

  • three people 30-39
  • one person 40-49

Three cases are under investigation and one is a contact of a previously-confirmed case.

Zone 7 (Miramichi region) – one case

  • a person 30-39

This case is under investigation.

State of emergency reinstated

On Friday, the province reinstated a state of emergency due to the current level of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Physical distancing, indoor masking and a proof of vaccination policy for certain services and businesses are now in effect.

Anyone entering New Brunswick must also pre-register through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program.

Click to play video: 'New Brunswickers react to reinstated state of emergency'

New Brunswickers react to reinstated state of emergency

New Brunswickers react to reinstated state of emergency

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Outbreak declared at Prince George's University Hospital of Northern BC – BC News –



A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Prince George’s University Hospital of Northern BC Sunday.

Northern Health says nine patients and one staff member on the hospital’s Primary Care Medical Unit have tested positive for the virus, and more testing is currently underway.

As a result, the hospital has restricted the unit to essential visitors only.

The condition of the infected people was not disclosed.

An outbreak at the same hospital last December through January left eight people dead, after 33 people tested positive.

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