VICTORIA - British Columbia's top doctor has extended a COVID-19 order that will keep gyms and fitness centres closed before providing more details tomorrow.
That's when restrictions were set to expire, but Dr. Bonnie Henry said last week that they believed COVID-19 hospitalizations were expected to spike after cases within the community had peaked.
Restrictions on gatherings and events will stay in place, and Henry has now also directed school boards to collect information on the vaccination status of their staff.
The BC Teachers' Federation says on Twitter that it was not given aheads up about the order.
We are gathering information on the new #bcpoli PHO order to collect #bced staff vaccine status. We were not consulted or notified ahead of time.— BCTF (@bctf) January 17, 2022
It is confusing as we have already agreed with BCPSEA to a vaccine mandate process and would like districts to implement those.
Henry’s orders on restrictions do not have an expiry date and they cite stress on the overburdened health-care system as it tries to accommodate unvaccinated people and the increased risk to the public due to the Omicron variant.
The Delta School District ordered last week that all its staff show proof of vaccination within six weeks or they will have to undergo regular rapid testing or take an unpaid leave of absence.