Restrictions on open burning of vegetative
debris will remain in effect for Metro Vancouver until June 15, 2020.
Under these restrictions, no new burning of
vegetative debris in the region may be initiated and no additional material may
be added to existing fires. This prohibition, first introduced on March 27,
2020, in collaboration with BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and
BC Ministry of Health, has been extended today following a BC Ministry of
Environment and Climate Change announcement that the majority of open burning
activities will be prohibited throughout the province.
In response to
COVID-19, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) recommends implementing
measures that help reduce excess air pollution in populated airsheds. There is
strong evidence that exposure to air pollution increases susceptibility to
respiratory viral infections by decreasing immune function, particularly as a
result of vehicle emissions and biomass burning. Improvements
to overall air quality may help to protect the whole population from COVID-19
and its potentially severe effects.
focus should remain on physical distancing from others to prevent the spread of
and reduce the
number of cases, keeping our air as clean as possible will also help to protect
the population during this difficult period.
Metro Vancouver will continue to consider
all relevant information and may revise the open burning prohibition period as
the current health situation dictates.Find Mandatory Emission Curtailment Actions here