BC省宣布对COVID-19大流行采取紧急状态 B.C. declares provincial state of emergency over COVID-19 pandemic

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温哥华-卑诗省 政府现在宣布了日益严重的COVID-19大流行的省紧急状态。


公共安全部长迈克·法恩沃思(Mike Farnworth)周三宣布了这项新措施,这是对省卫生官员邦妮·亨利(Bonnie Henry)博士前一天宣布的公共卫生紧急情况的补充。


Farnworth说,省紧急状态将帮助政府支持亨利博士和卫生部“对COVID流行病作出迅速,有力的反应”。


“这项宣言将确保联邦,省和地方资源以联合,协调的方式交付,以保护我省人民。这是一种全力以赴的方法,”法恩沃思在温哥华市中心的新闻发布会上对记者说。


它还允许政府禁止转售某些必要的物品-这种做法在最近几周引起了广泛的公众愤慨。


法恩沃思说:“对于任何人,无论是个人还是零售商,都没有机会利用BC省前所未有的健康状况。” “我们非常非常重视这个问题。”


紧急权力还允许政府制定食品配给协议并设定燃料价格,尽管部长建议两者都不是必须的。


法恩沃思说,BC省一直与加拿大零售理事会保持定期沟通,供应链状况良好–但他仍敦促人们不要囤积食物和供应品,而牺牲其所在社区其他人的潜在利益。


最近的BC省紧急状态是在2017年和2018年的历史性山火季节宣布的,法恩沃思(Farnworth)鼓励人们以类似的社区责任感做出回应。


在COVID-19时代,这意味着要听从卫生官员的建议并洗手,保持社交距离,而且最重要的是生病时待在家里。


“在这些事件中,社区的聚集方式非同寻常。我们现在再次需要所有人的支持,”法恩沃思说。


“我们将共同解决所有这些问题。”


除了紧急声明外,BC省还宣布将恢复卑诗省的移民。周一,立法机关的议员人数减少了,他们将能够批准在危机期间协助不列颠哥伦比亚省的任何其他必要措施。


VANCOUVER -- The B.C. government has now declared a provincial state of emergency over the growing COVID-19 pandemic.


The new measure, announced Wednesday by Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, is in addition to the public health emergency declared the previous day by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.


Farnworth said the provincial emergency will help the government support Dr. Henry and the Ministry of Health in their “swift, powerful response to the COVID pandemic.”


“This declaration will make sure federal, provincial and local resources are delivered in a joint, co-ordinated way to protect the people of our province. This is an all hands on deck approach,” Farnworth told reporters at a news conference in downtown Vancouver.

It also allows the government to prohibit the reselling of certain necessary supplies – a practice that has drawn widespread public outrage in recent weeks.

“There is no place for anybody, either individuals or retailers, taking advantage of what is an unprecedented health situation in this province,” Farnworth said. “We take this issue very, very seriously.”

Emergency powers also allow the government to enact food rationing protocols and set fuel prices, though the minister suggested neither should be necessary.

Farnworth said the province has been in regular communication with the Retail Council of Canada, and that supply chains are “in good shape” – but he still urged people not to hoard food and supplies at the potential expense of others in their communities.

The most recent provincial states of emergency were declared during the historic wildfire seasons of 2017 and 2018, and Farnworth encouraged people to respond with a similar sense of community responsibility.

In the time of COVID-19, that means following the advice of health officials and washing your hands, maintaining social distance, and, perhaps most crucially, staying home while sick.

“The way communities came together during those events was nothing short of extraordinary. We’re now asking all people in this province for their support again,” Farnworth said.

“We are going to get through this together – all of us.”

In addition to the emergency declaration, the province announced it is resuming the B.C. legislature on Monday with a reduced number of members who will be able to approve any additional measures necessary to assist British Columbians during the crisis.

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