Conservation officers are at the BC border enforcing the new rules

COs enforce virus laws

Anyone driving to B.C. this weekend shouldn't be surprised if they end up having a chat with a conservation officer at the border.

The BC Officer Conservation Service has been tasked with ensuring motorists entering the province are following B.C.'s new measures around preventing the spread of COVID-19.

That includes having a 14-day, self-isolation plan if you've been abroad (including from the United States). Travellers must submit the plan for approval prior to their return to B.C., or upon arrival. The plan needs to consider where your self-isolation will take place, how you'll get there, and whether you can make the necessary arrangements for food, child care and pet care, if needed.

The new rules were introduced on April 8.

"As we welcome British Columbians back home, we must stay vigilant and do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19," says Premier John Horgan in a news release. "As we follow the advice and guidance of our provincial health officer, it's also important to take care of one another. By supporting people through a self-isolation plan after international travel, we will keep people safe and help flatten the curve."

The province says if someone doesn't have a self-isolation plan or is unable to safely carry one out as determined by officials, they may be transported or sent to an accommodation provided by the government.

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