Statement from the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia on COVID-19

Dear friends,

Consistent with advice from provincial and federal health authorities, we have cancelled or postponed all major events at Government House until the end of March, and are advising employees and volunteers to closely adhere to guidance from public health officials with respect to travel, social distancing and hygiene. We will continue to monitor public health direction with respect to later scheduled meetings and events.

The Government House grounds remain open to the public and local residents should feel free to enjoy their regular visits, while practicing current advice on social distancing. 

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to our front-line health care workers and to federal and provincial public health officials for their competent, transparent, and evidence-based approach to managing COVID-19. Thanks also to BC’s Health Minister and Health critics for their cross-partisan teamwork. Current information can be obtained through the following websites:

Take care everyone and wash your hands!  


Janet Austin
Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia