Signage on the front door of a South Surrey elementary school advises that parents and family members may not enter, as part of efforts to follow COVID-19 guidelines. (Tracy Holmes photo)

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in White Rock, Surrey and beyond

JUNE 25: Weigh in on park closure, grant to help grads and post-secondary students announced

Here’s the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond for Thursday, June 25:

• B.C. recorded 19 new cases, one epidemiologically linked case and two deaths due to COVID-19 on Thursday (June 25).

• The B.C’s Government’s proclamation allowing visitors to now travel within the province is not sitting well with several First Nations who maintain Indigenous lives are being put at risk.

Cross-border newlyweds separated by COVID-19 pandemic.

• The province has extended how long companies can temporarily lay off workers due to the pandemic.

• Actress Olivia Munn is set to share her social media platforms with B.C.’s provincial health officer for a day to talk about COVID-19.

• The B.C. government says it is moving to protect residents and seasonal workers from COVID-19 while ensuring the temporary labourers have a safe place to stay as they work in orchards and fields this summer.

• Come phase two of the Yukon’s reopening plan, residents from British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut will be able to enter the territory without self-isolating for 14 days.

• Only about one-third of TransLink riders are wearing masks despite a campaign by the transit agency to encourage passengers to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Passenger protection rules may need to be revised after hundreds of thousands of flight cancellations prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic left travellers out-of-pocket, the head of Canada’s transportation regulator said Wednesday.

• A new podcast is serving as a ‘creative outlet’ for longtime junior-hockey broadcaster and coach during the pandemic.

• A new study finds the proportion of Canadian COVID-19 deaths that have occurred in long-term care facilities is about twice the average of rates from other developed nations.

• The federal government is providing some clarity around docked Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) payments.

• The federal government is launching the Canada Student Service Grant to allow post-secondary students and recent grads to get experience, serve their community and get funding for it.

• Was the province right to re-close Peace Arch Park to the public? Cast your opinion in PAN’s weekly web poll.

• With the shutdown of Peace Arch Park, the Lower Mainland road that runs along the Canada-US border has once again become a meeting place for families separated by the COVID-19 closure of the border to all but essential travel.

• B.C. recorded 14 new COVID-19 cases and another death, health officials announced June 24 – just a few hours after provincial leaders announced new details on Phase Three in their restart plan.

• The B.C. government has moved to give itself room for up to three years of budget deficits, with $5 billion in extra spending already committed for the current year to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Surrey-based Central City Brewers + Distillers will give hand sanitizer to seniors in need, in partnership with the BC Lions football club and BC Seniors Living Association.



tholmes@peacearchnews.com

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