Premier John Horgan exuded a hopeful tone Thursday as he spoke on B.C.’s reopening progress, even as he noted the province is not yet “out of the woods.”
Horgan cited positive indicators of the B.C. economy’s return, such as transit and ferry use continuing to trend upward — though not yet at pre-pandemic levels — while more people are eating out and shopping.
“I think there’s great reasons for optimism as we look at how our restart has been going across the province,” he said of B.C.’s post-COVID-19 outlook.
“We’ve continued to see relatively low numbers of new cases of COVID-19, which speaks to the best approach that we could come up with, which was a gradual restart to the economy.”
Horgan’s comments came hours before B.C. health officials’ daily coronavirus update, where Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, and health minister Adrian Dix announced 20 new cases of COVID-19.