Economic Restart and Recovery
Beginning June 24, BC has eased its way into Phase 3 of its BC Restart Plan. For the most up-to-date information on health and safety measures and restrictions, refer to the Province of British Columbia’s site.
Please note that while this and other COVID-19 resource pages feature highlights of the numerous government and business initiatives, this is not an exhaustive list. For a comprehensive overview of recent government measures, refer to VEC’s latest economic report.
City of Vancouver Orders
The City of Vancouver is also gradually reopening, with restaurants and personal services such as hair salons now able to operate with appropriate health measures in place, including reduced capacities and physical distancing measures. Refer to the City of Vancouver’s COVID-19 resource page for up-to-date information on public health measures, orders and resources. Recent updates include:
- Beginning July 1, the City will resume outdoor sport facility permit for teams and childcare programs.
- Vancouver Park Board in opening four outdoor pools, ten spray parks and staffing lifeguards at nine beaches over this summer
- Four additional plazas have been put up along popular corridors to allow people to socialize, while maintaining physical distance
Public Health Information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool and App
The Province of British Columbia has launched a BC COVID-19 Symptom Self Assessment Tool designed to help residents determine whether they require further assessment or testing for COVID-19.
Launch the Assessment Tool
The Province has also released a mobile app that will let you receive the latest updates, trusted resources, and alerts. There is also a web version of the app.
Latest information and general health authority resources on the novel coronavirus may be found here:
- Vancouver: Vancouver Coastal Health
- British Columbia: BC Centre for Disease Control
- Canada: Public Health Agency of Canada
- Global: World Health Organization
Please note BC health officials have daily public COVID-19 briefings at 3PM PST that you may stream through your news channel of choice. Noon and 6PM are also good times to catch up on the day’s news.
Public Health Measures and Orders in Effect
British Columbia’s Office of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) has ordered the following measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to protect us and all our loved ones:
- No mass social gatherings of more than 50 people are permitted
- Individuals in workplaces – including clients and customers – must establish and maintain a distance of at least two metres from one another
- All Liquor Primary establishments, including bars and clubs, must be closed
- As of June 20, 2020, the Province will cease its provincially led COVID-19 border check points, for residents heading home from travel. Federal screening measures will remain in place.
Please note this is not an exhaustive list of active orders, and that BC is now in Phase 3 of its BC Restart Plan, which lifts several business closure restrictions. Please refer to the Office of the Provincial Health Officer’s dedicated page on COVID-19 for more details on specific orders, and for resources and guidance on protecting workplaces and the public.