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Save those hugs you'd give Mom on Mother's Day: B.C. health minister, top doctor

B.C.'s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on COVID-19, Saturday, April 4, 2020.
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May 09, 2020 - 8:00 AM

VICTORIA - British Columbia's health minister and provincial health officer are urging people to save their Mother's Day hugs for Mom until later, unless she lives in the same household.

Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry say it's important to avoid physical contact to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while still celebrating the special day in other ways.

They say in a joint statement that the best gift for an older mother in particular is to keep a safe distance so she remains healthy.

B.C. reported 29 new cases on Friday, along with one death, bringing the total to 127 fatalities.

No new long-term care homes or assisted-living facilities are currently experiencing outbreaks but 16 facilities and five acute-care units have active cases.

The province is to relax some restrictions in mid-May, but businesses including restaurants, hair salons and retail stores must meet safety, distancing and hygiene guidelines.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 8, 2020.

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