Premier flip-flops on whether to ban or welcome travellers from other provinces

Premier John Horgan stands at a wooden podium during a press conference with BC flags and a blue curtain behind him
BC Premier John Horgan Photo Don Craig, Government of British Columbia
Lisa Cordasco - CHLY - NanaimoBC | 28-01-2021
The Premier of British Columbia is rejecting calls to tighten up the BC border in the fight against COVID-19. John Horgan says he will not impose a mandatory quarantine for people travelling here from other provinces, like Manitoba has recently done:
Earlier this month, Horgan said he was seeking legal advice on whether the province could restrict inter-provincial travel. Now he says it cannot be restricted because so many people travel to and from BC for work. The premier says he would consider quarantine measures if the Provincial Health Officer advised him to do so. Horgan says instead, visitors are expected to follow public health guidelines and orders from Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry:
Despite telling British Columbians to avoid non-essential travel, and seeking legal advice on interprovincial travel, Horgan is not discouraging people from visiting BC. He says ski hills like Whistler are COVID-19-safe, but the danger comes from what people do off the slopes.


So far, the province has issued 650 tickets for violations of public health orders and 80 tickets related to the federal Quarantine Act.