Here’s the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond for Thursday, June 11:
• The spike in fatalities is part of a notable trend in the province as social-distancing restrictions due to COVID-19 has pushed drug users indoors.
• No new cases of COVID-19 or fatalities were reported at Langley Lodge and all previously active cases have recovered, the long-term care facility reported in a Wednesday, June 10 update.
• Greens and NDP MPs raised a series of concerns this week about the effectiveness and scope of a Trudeau government bill that would fine or jail people who make fraudulent coronavirus benefits claims
• PAN POLL: Have you gone out to eat since B.C. restaurants re-opened?
• As sports organizations across the province prep return-to-play protocols – with some already approved to restart later this month – contact sports like football and rugby are dealing with an even bigger challenge: how to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines in sports where on-field distancing is impossible.
• British Columbia’s premier says the province and its top doctor have approved a proposal for the NHL to make Vancouver a possible playoff hub city in Western Canada during the pandemic.
• Cloverdale Chamber director wants City of Surrey to reconsider sky-high patio fees proposed for temporary program that’s meant to help business recover from the COVID-19 crisis.
• “The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a negative spotlight on bats, due to concerns over B.C. bats carrying the virus,” says BC Community Bat Program co-ordinator.