Province of BC Update on Reopening the Economy

07 May 2020

May 6, 2020

BC’s Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before. Visit the Province of BC website to view BC's Restart Plan.

Highlights of the Plan include:

Phase 1: Essential Services Operations
We are currently in Phase 1 of the 4 Phase Restart Plan.

  • Enhanced resources for hospitals and health care
  • Child care for essential workers
  • K-12: online and in-class learning
  • Non-essential businesses

Phase 2: Under Enhanced Protocols
Beginning in mid-May under enhanced protocols.

  • Starting May 19 more non-essential businesses will be allowed to open (hairdressers, bars, restaurants, etc.) in keeping with safe operations plans, supported by WorkSafeBC
  • Small social gatherings permitted
  • Elective surgeries and regulated health services like physiotherapy, dentistry, chiropractors and in-person counseling resume
  • Recall the provincial legislature for regular sittings
  • Expand in-person schooling K-12 (voluntary)
  • Provincial Parks:
    • May 14: provincial parks open for day-use only
    • June 1: many remaining facilities, including campgrounds, will reopen
    • A small number of parks that pose a health risk will remain closed
  • Re-Opening business:
    • Sectors that were ordered closed: asked to work with WorkSafeBC to develop plans to reopen safely
    • WorkSafeBC is developing industry-specific guidance
    • Any business restarting operations must ensure it is in compliance with the provincial health officer’s orders and in accordance with occupational health and safety guidance provided by WorkSafeBC

Phase 3: Further Expanded Enhanced Protocols
Roll out between June and September 2020 if transmission rates remain low or in decline.

  • Open additional businesses and services
    • More parks open, camping resumes
    • Film and TV production
    • Movie theatre
    • Personal services (spas and non-medical massage)
    • Hotels and resorts

Phase 4: Treatment/Vaccine
Achieved when the threat of COVID-19 has been significantly diminished.

  • Conditional on at least one of:
    • Wide vaccination
    • "Community" immunity
    • Broad successful treatments
  • Large gatherings (i.e. concerts and conventions)

Click here for a WorkSafeBC Backgrounder.

Click here for backgrounders on schools and parks.

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