Here’s the latest news for Surrey, White Rock and beyond for Tuesday, April 7. This will be updated as new information becomes available.
In a news conference held Tuesday afternoon, the provincial government announced:
• 25 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the provincial total up to 1,291.
• Another four people have died from COVID-19 in the last day.
• 805 people have fully recovered and are no longer in isolation.
• Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says it’s important to not travel to second homes or cabins.
• Henry urges people to stay united and stay strong, but also “keep our firewall strong.”
• Surrey mayor denies property tax deferral motion.
• Team refunds OK’d for cancelled Surrey Mayor’s Cup soccer tournament. The decision follows the amalgamation of the Central City Breakers Club with Surrey Football Club.
• Surrey’s City Dream Centre will deliver close to 1,000 hampers of food to students and families at inner-city schools, along with seniors and others in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The City of White Rock and Surrey have had to lay off employees due to reduced work as a result of COVID-19’s impact on the community. The City of Surrey laid off 2,016 employees, while the City of White Rock laid off 25 casual workers.
• This week, the City of White Rock announced it had turned off city-owned water fountains in an effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19.
• City of White Rock parking spaces at Peace Arch Hospital will be free at this time, and are to be used only for hospital-related activities.
• Staff at a White Rock brewery are tapping into a slightly different skill-set these days in an effort to help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 3 Dogs Brewing has turned its efforts to making hand sanitizer.
• A Cloverdale automotive shop is redefining the word ‘service’ when it comes to vehicles. Visscher-Pau Automotive introduced a new program April 6 called Blue Glove Service. The program will see the mechanics from Visscher-Pau arrive at your door, pick up your vehicle, service it at Visscher-Pau, and return your vehicle to your doorstep — and they’ll disinfect it in the process.
• Fraser Valley auto sound business starts producing face shields to help frontline health-care workers.
• Tour de White Rock cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.
• A City of Surrey councillor wants property taxes deferred to December.
• COVID-19 recovery rate in B.C. tops 60 per cent, but the province records death of man in his 40s due to the virus.