"[Uptake] will depend on the depth of the pandemic and the time it will take us to recover", Horgan said. "We don't know if it was related to coronavirus or not, and that is why the coroner is investigating".
The temporary relief package announced Wednesday will provide eligible B.C. renters a supplement of up to $500 a month, for those whose jobs have vanished or are curtailed as a result of nationwide restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
The provincial health officer reiterated Wednesday that she is developing a provincial health order to prohibit all workers at seniors' care homes from working for more than one such facility.
The province is further restricting methods that renters and landlords can use to serve notices, allowing emails but not personal service, to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19.
He also said that this program is for people who are in "genuine distress" and that the "fewer people who access the program, the more opportunity we have to expand it moving forward".
The B.C. Coroner is investigating the death of a North Vancouver dentist who was at a dental conference linked to a number of COVID-19 cases.
He also said the housing measures complement the $2,000 and $1,000 monthly payments already offered by the federal and provincial governments respectively to people who have lost income due to the pandemic.
He said the suspension on current and future evictions will stay in place during the province's state of emergency order. Landlords will be prevented from legally raising rents starting April 1.
Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert, the former chair of B.C.'s Rental Housing Task Force, confirmed that the Residential Tenancy Branch will continue to operate during this time.
The World Health Organization said more than 80 per cent of COVID-19 infections are estimated to be mild.
"The stress is off the charts right now". "We're talking about gatherings, about having people over to your home, about gathering in the park - these are things that right now we can't be doing".
Housing Minister Selina Robinson said tenants and landlords must talk to each other to find ways to cover rents and get through the pandemic. "It's about our families".
David Hutniak, CEO of LandlordBC, says the moratorium on evictions opens up a huge risk for rental providers.
"This is not the time to seek rent increases and there is just 0% chance of that happening", he said.
These include re-using some items after they are thoroughly cleaned, ordering more supplies, and changing the way health care workers interact with patients to lessen the need to constantly don new gear. It's dependent upon the banks, whether or not they want to do that.
Besides the new benefit, landlords now have the power to restrict access to common areas like laundry rooms or game rooms to encourage social distancing.