Businesses and COVID-19

Government supports and guidance for businesses to ensure the health and safety of customers and employees.

Last updated: May 15, 2020

COVID-19 Supports for Businesses: The provincial and federal governments, along with the private sector, are providing a wide-range of supports for businesses in British Columbia affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Plan to Re-Open Businesses and Operate Safely

B.C. has a phased approach to re-opening businesses and sectors.

All businesses, regardless of when they are expected to re-open, should develop a plan, known as a COVID Safe Plan, to safely re-open.

Businesses that have remained open should ensure they have a safe operations plan, aligned to current WorkSafeBC and Provincial Health Officer guidance.

Businesses should update their COVID Safe Plan as further guidance and sector standards are developed.

Provincial and Regional Health Officer(s) have ordered some sectors to close or limit service (including dine-in services at restaurants, bars and nightclubs, gyms, personal care services like hair and nail salons, and casinos).

Until these orders are lifted or modified, businesses in these sectors cannot open, but should continue to plan to re-open.

Process to reopen a business

Steps to Re-Open Your Business

Step 1

Start Planning

Start preparing your business to safely re-open. All businesses need a plan to re-open and safely operate.

Talk to your industry association and consult WorkSafeBC and Provincial Health Officer guidance to inform your planning.

Step 2

Develop Your Plan

To prepare your business's COVID-19 Safe Plan, start by consulting WorkSafeBC and the Provincial Health Officer guidance

Work with your employees to develop a plan that aligns with the guidelines.

You can also check in with your industry or sector association. Many of them are developing plans that include health and safety considerations specific to their industry or sector. You can use this plan to inform development of your own COVID Safe Plan.  

If you do not have an industry or sector association, align your plan to WorkSafeBC’s industry or sector guidelines closest to your business.

Follow the Guidelines

WorkSafe BC is providing industry or sector guidance, based on current standards and Provincial Health Officer guidance.

This guidance includes important health and safety measures specific to your industry or sector.

Step 3

Share Your Plan

Share your COVID-19 Safe Plan with employees so they know what new safety measures to expect when they return to work.

Your plan must be posted in your place of business and easily accessible to the public.

Resources and Support

  • WorkSafeBC offers general guidance to employers on return to safe operation and industry-specific resources, including checklists, planning templates, education and training materials, signage and other tools
  • Industry associations in collaboration with WorkSafeBC are developing industry-specific resources to help support members with developing a COVID-19 Safe Plans
  • Sector guidance from the Provincial Health Officer
  • Small Business BC can help businesses navigate a variety of supports and services, including BC's Restart Plan, through the B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service