The gathering limit previously in place for Vancouver and Fraser Health has now been extended to the rest of the province; residents will not be allowed to gather with anyone outside of their immediate household or core bubble until December 7.
There were 516 new cases reported in the last 24 hours in B.C. That's down from 538 yesterday, November 19, and far below the 762 on Wednesday and 717 on Tuesday.
But this bit of good news was followed by the announcement of 10 more virus-related deaths, bringing BC's total to 331.
The latest update comes just over a week after B.C. surpassed the 20,000-case mark, which happened on Thursday, Nov. 12.More news: Pennsylvania judge dismisses Trump campaign's lawsuit seeking to block mail-in ballots
It's too soon to say that B.C.'s COVID-19 curve is bending again but, for the second day in a row, the number of new cases is far below record highs set earlier in the week.
There have now been 25,474 confirmed coronavirus cases in the province.
A McDonalds in Kitchener was temporarily shut down after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
Other figures continued to trend in less-encouraging directions, however. "The orders on social gatherings and events are to keep our families and friends safe". The orders will help us slow the spread of COVID-19; to relieve the pressure on our health-care system and reduce the risks within our communities.More news: Timberwolves Select Edwards, Bring Rubio Back
As of Thursday, the Island Health region has recorded 429 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, 118 of which are now active.
An earlier order limiting social gatherings in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions was expanded to the entire province until at least December 7.
Elsewhere in B.C., Friday's update included 31 cases in Interior Health, 25 in Northern Health and 17 in Island Health.More news: California enacts night curfew with rise in COVID cases