Coronavirus

Langford has shut down all activities at City Centre Park and North Langford Rec Centre for the next 30 days, in reaction to COVID-19 fears. They will reevaluate to extend the closure by April 15. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Langford shuts down all activities at City Centre Park as of Sunday

City will reevaluate by April 15, following 30 day-closure

Langford has shut down all activities at City Centre Park and North Langford Rec Centre for the next 30 days, in reaction to COVID-19 fears. They will reevaluate to extend the closure by April 15. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference at Rideau cottage in Ottawa, on Friday, March 13, 2020. Trudeau got thanks from Canada’s premiers Friday for $11-billion in federal funding to confront the health and economic impact of the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus — but heard that much more will be needed to weather the crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Border closures, mandatory screening up for discussion amid COVID-19, Trudeau says

Trudeau’s wife Sophie was diagnosed with COVID-19 following a trip to the U.K.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference at Rideau cottage in Ottawa, on Friday, March 13, 2020. Trudeau got thanks from Canada’s premiers Friday for $11-billion in federal funding to confront the health and economic impact of the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus — but heard that much more will be needed to weather the crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel what was scheduled to be this year’s 30th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo. (Photo submitted)

First BCRA-sanctioned rodeo cancelled due to COVID-19

President Kelly Walls said it is with heavy hearts that the WLIRA has made the decision

Organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel what was scheduled to be this year’s 30th Annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo. (Photo submitted)
FILE - In this Saturday, March 14, 2020 file photo, a Transportation Security Administration agent hands a passport back to a traveler as she screens travelers, at a checkpoint inside an airline terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. The coronavirus pandemic that’s caused many Americans to avoid airports has others booking spur-of-the moment trips at dirt-cheap ticket prices. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Cheap fares luring travellers to fly despite coronavirus pandemic

Airlines are seeing bookings plummet and cancellations

FILE - In this Saturday, March 14, 2020 file photo, a Transportation Security Administration agent hands a passport back to a traveler as she screens travelers, at a checkpoint inside an airline terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. The coronavirus pandemic that’s caused many Americans to avoid airports has others booking spur-of-the moment trips at dirt-cheap ticket prices. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
Camosun College cancels all public events until April 13 as a COVID-19 precaution. (Black Press file photo)

Camosun College cancels all public events amid COVID-19

Effective March 15 the school will transition to alternative face-to-face classes

Camosun College cancels all public events until April 13 as a COVID-19 precaution. (Black Press file photo)
A hand sanitizer dispenser and a sign indicating steps to be taken to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is seen at an entrance to the Vancouver Convention Centre, in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. VIEWS: Effects of COVID-19 pandemic will be long-lasting

A steep drop in tourist visits will hit hard, in particular, Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan hard

A hand sanitizer dispenser and a sign indicating steps to be taken to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is seen at an entrance to the Vancouver Convention Centre, in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
West Coast Amusements suspends parks, events in B.C. due to COVID-19 concerns

West Coast Amusements suspends parks, events in B.C. due to COVID-19 concerns

Cancellation comes as government restricts mass gatherings

West Coast Amusements suspends parks, events in B.C. due to COVID-19 concerns
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. Ontario is reporting three new cases of the novel coronavirus today, bringing the total in the province to 18. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NIAID-RML via AP

UPDATE: Canada hits at least 313 cases of COVID-19, mostly in Ontario and B.C.

Government figures suggest the majority of the cases are concentrated in southern Ontario

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. Ontario is reporting three new cases of the novel coronavirus today, bringing the total in the province to 18. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NIAID-RML via AP
Disney sends ‘Frozen 2’ to streaming for housebound families

Disney sends ‘Frozen 2’ to streaming for housebound families

The movie will begin to stream months earlier than expected

Disney sends ‘Frozen 2’ to streaming for housebound families
Berwick Retirement Communities locations across B.C. are taking extra precautions to protect residents and staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Supplied by Berwick Retirement Communities)

Greater Victoria retirement homes limit non-essential visits, take safety precautions

‘Safety of residents and staff is paramount,’ says Berwick Retirement Communities spokesperson

Berwick Retirement Communities locations across B.C. are taking extra precautions to protect residents and staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Supplied by Berwick Retirement Communities)
A fan takes a photo of a band at a live concert. Photo by Terry Farrell

Music industry feeling the effects of COVID-19 pandemic

Musicians, promoters and producers alike all reeling from cancellations, venue bans

A fan takes a photo of a band at a live concert. Photo by Terry Farrell
Whistler Blackcomb. (Brigitte Werner/Pixabay)

Whistler Blackcomb to suspend operations for a week due to COVID-19 pandemic

Village of Pemberton confirms two local cases of coronavirus

Whistler Blackcomb. (Brigitte Werner/Pixabay)
Dec. 13, 2019 – City Hall Victoria Centennial Square (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria council candidate calls for postponement of byelection amidst COVID-19 concerns

Stephen Andrew says April 4 byelection should be postponed

Dec. 13, 2019 – City Hall Victoria Centennial Square (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Vic PD’s Grant Hamilton spent his lunch hour serving up soup at the Souper Bowls of Hope lunch hour fundraiser last year. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Vic PD’s Grant Hamilton spent his lunch hour serving up soup at the Souper Bowls of Hope lunch hour fundraiser last year. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
BC Ferries has announced it will be reducing service and closing the Pacific Buffet to prevent the spread of illness. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries has announced it will be reducing service and closing the Pacific Buffet to prevent the spread of illness. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kijiji bans listings for toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, and other coronavirus-related items

Kijiji bans listings for toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, and other coronavirus-related items

Action comes as a response to people profiting off the COVID-19 pandemic

Kijiji bans listings for toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, and other coronavirus-related items
Glenlyon Norfolk senior and primary schools were closed early for March break after a member of the school reported a potential exposure to COVID-19. Tests came back negative on Friday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Test comes back negative for potential COVID-19 case at Glenlyon Norfolk School

Both campuses closed early ahead of spring break as a precaution

Glenlyon Norfolk senior and primary schools were closed early for March break after a member of the school reported a potential exposure to COVID-19. Tests came back negative on Friday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, provided an update on novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Friday in Vancouver. (BC Government)

Not all sick people require COVID-19 tests, B.C.’s top doctor says

Nine more cases of COVID-19 in B.C. announced Saturday, bringing total to 73

Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, provided an update on novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Friday in Vancouver. (BC Government)
B.C. Supreme Court in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Jury selection in B.C. Supreme Court postponed over coronavirus concerns

Meanwhile, provincial court remains open but a contingency plan is in place

B.C. Supreme Court in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
This photo shows the nose of the Boeing 737-800 struck by multiple birds as it was approaching Victoria International Airport Tuesday morning. WestJet re-routed the plane to Vancouver. (Peter Wagner/Twitter)                                (PxHere)

Return home while you can, Ottawa tells Canadians as COVID-19 continues to spread

Poland is suspending all international flights and trains on Sunday, for example

This photo shows the nose of the Boeing 737-800 struck by multiple birds as it was approaching Victoria International Airport Tuesday morning. WestJet re-routed the plane to Vancouver. (Peter Wagner/Twitter)                                (PxHere)