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B.C.'s premier wants you bang pots and pans again

Premier John Horgan urges residents to make noise for a revived 7 p.m. cheer on BC Day for frontline health-care workers and those fighting B.C.'s wildfires.
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B.C. Premier John Horgan seeks to revive the 7 p.m. cheer on BC Day.

Dozens of wildfires are out of control.

COVID-19 cases are climbing — again.

In short, the province is in crisis, shortly before BC Day.

What better time to bring out the pots and pans again, suggested Premier John Horgan in a video released Thursday

“We owe so much to so many. On Monday evening, let’s all make some noise,” said Horgan in a commercial-like YouTube video.

Last spring, the 7 p.m. cheer emerged as an organic display of thanks to first responders, nurses, doctors and health-care aides. Now, the province is looking to revive the practice as part of its "Vax for BC" campaign. 

The call from the premier comes as COVID-19 cases climb in B.C.'s Central Okanagan region. That has prompted health officials revive a policy of mandatory indoor masking.  

On Thursday, the province reported 204 new cases, representing the first time since June 5 that the daily case count climbed over 200. B.C.-wide, the seven-day case average has doubled in less than two weeks.

To date, 81 per cent of eligible British Columbians 12 and over have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 64.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.

In addition to urging British Columbians to make loud noises Monday at 7 p.m., on Aug. 4, the province will be conducting its first provincewide “Walk-in Wednesday,” where 20,000 doses will be offered to anyone over aged 12 who still hasn’t received a first or second jab.

Not sure where to get your shot? Here's a map of 70 immunization clinics across B.C.