B.C. officials will take “unprecedented steps” to fight COVID-19, including banning the resale of hoarded and high-demand supplies, bolstering municipal bylaw officers to fine those who flout physical distancing recommendations, and coordinate provincewide supply chains to ensure stocked shelves.
Premier John Horgan and Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth made the announcement on Thursday, with Farnworth issuing a series of orders under the Emergency Program Act.
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The orders go into effect immediately and will remain for the duration of the provincial state of emergency.
“These are actions I would not be taking unless absolutely necessary,” said Farnworth.
The new orders issued will see the establishment of a new provincial supply chain unit that ensures goods are delivered in a timely manner across the province, and introduce a ban on the resale of food, medical supplies, personal protective equipment, cleaning and other supplies.