Phase 3 – BC's Restart Plan

We are in Phase 3

Last updated: July 31, 2020

What's Happening in Phase 3

People can take part in smart, safe and respectful travel within B.C. Remember, international travellers returning to B.C. are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days and complete a self-isolation plan.

The BC Restart Plan takes a phased approach to reopening. This allows sectors and activities within the phases to open when the evidence and data tells us the time is right, and as protocols and guidance are in place for them to do so safely.

The guidelines and extra safety precautions for sectors in Phase 2 are still in place.

The following are businesses that may be reopening and some measures that may be in place.

BC Parks campground and backcountry camping reservations opened for B.C. residents on June 1, 2020.

What to Expect

  • The 2020 season booking window has been reduced to two months in advance of an arrival date, on a rolling window
  • Preferential access to camping will be given to B.C. residents
  • Non-B.C. residents with existing reservations should request a refund. Any reservations made by non-B.C. residents after May 25, 2020 will be cancelled without refund
  • Not all parks and campgrounds are open. Check the BC Parks website for closures

What to Expect

Check with the facility you plan to visit to review their safety protocols and arrive prepared. Changes may include:

  • Limiting services to a maximum of 50 people at any one time
  • Offering alternate attendance options, like remote participation or drive-in services
  • Altering activities like baptism to minimize physical contact if possible
  • Eliminating self-serve food options, offering individually packaged food
  • Avoiding passing collection plates or containers, offering an online donation option

Business Orders and Guidance

The faith-based sector must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place based on the protocols set by WorkSafeBC.

Employers must also ensure they are abiding by any relevant orders, notices, or guidance issued by the Provincial Health Officer and the health authority relevant to their workplace.

 

K-12 in-person classes, 2020/2021 school year

In September 2020, all schools will reopen in Stage 2 of the Five Stages Framework for K-12 EducationStage 2 is a full return to in-class instruction for most students.


July 2020, What to Expect

Updated health guidelines support visits between family members and residents of long-term care homes and seniors’ assisted living facilities. A cautious and phased approach will help protect vulnerable residents:

  • For the month of July, residents will be able to visit with one designated family member or friend
  • This approach will be reassesed in August
  • This approach may be expanded in the future to safely include other family members or friends, though there may be a limit to the number of visitors at a given time
  • The ability to visit may vary, depending on the ability of each residence to safely apply the updated provincial guidelines.

Please be patient with health authorities and operators as they need to carefully consider how to put in place their own plans that respect the current guidelines.

Guidelines include:

  • You will be able to visit with your family member or friend at their residence once that location has developed the required plan to ensure your safety as well as that of the resident and supporting staff
  • All visits must be booked in advance to allow for them to be conducted safely
  • Visits are not allowed if there is an active COVID-19 outbreak at the residence
  • You will not be able to come and visit if you or the resident you are visiting are sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • All visitors will be screened for signs and symptoms of illness, including COVID-19, prior to every visit
  • All visits will take place in specific "visiting areas," which will be organized by each residence
  • When you visit you will need to bring a mask and wear it for the duration of your visit

Business Orders and Guidance

Employers must ensure they are abiding by any relevant orders, notices, or guidance issued by the Provincial Health Officer and the health authority relevant to their workplace.

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has resources that outline preventative measures that can be taken in long-term care facilities to prevent infection and transmission of COVID-19.

July 2020, What to Expect

Check with your employer before you visit the set or production office to review their safety protocols and arrive prepared. Changes may include:

  • Staggering work schedules to reduce the number of workers present at one time
  • Limiting or restricting visitors to set
  • Eliminating open calls for performers and assigning arrival times
  • Offering pre-packaged or wrapped meals and snacks at craft services
  • Assigning individual hairstylists and makeup artists to one performer at a time
  • Reducing the number of cast and crew at filming areas and video village

Business Orders and Guidance

The motion picture and television production industry must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place based on the protocols set by WorkSafeBC. 

Employers must also ensure they are abiding by any relevant orders, notices, or guidance issued by the Provincial Health Officer and the health authority relevant to their workplace.

 

Parks, beaches, campgrounds and outdoor tourism

What to Expect

Check with the facility or tourism operator you plan to visit to review their safety protocols and arrive prepared. 

Changes to tourism operations may include:

  • Limiting tour groups to a maximum of 50 people at any one time
  • Offering individually packaged food and beverage
  • Cleaning and disinfecting rental equipment between uses
  • Handwashing policies and soap or sanitizer products may be in place
  • Minimizing exposure of personal gear, providing adequate space in locker or dry rooms

Changes to parks may include:

  • Maintain 2 m of physical distance from other visitors and park workers
  • Plexiglass barriers at ticket booths and concession stands
  • Parking and bike racks may be limited to control capacity 
  • Picnic tables may be limited or spaced out to maintain 2 m of physical distance
  • Change rooms and washrooms will have capacity limits and will be disinfected regularly 
  • Handwashing policies and sanitizer products may be in place

Business Orders and Guidance

Parks must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place based on the protocols set by WorkSafeBC. 

Employers must also ensure they are abiding by any relevant orders, notices, or guidance issued by the Provincial Health Officer and the health authority relevant to their workplace.

 

Post-secondary in-person classes, 2020/2021 academic year

B.C. post-secondary institutions remain open and committed to offering students options for staying on track, graduating on time, and meeting their learning goals.

  • The post-secondary sector developed guidelines that outline broad health and safety protocols for campus operations for the 2020/2021 academic year
  • Post-secondary institutions will use these general protocols to develop detailed safety plans outlining the policies and procedures to protect the health and safety of faculty, staff and students
  • For the fall 2020 academic term, education and skills training will be delivered using a variety of formats including online, in-person instruction where health and safety permit, or a blend of on-campus and online instruction

Review the guidelines and your school’s safety plan

What to Expect

  • Guests can dine in groups, up to six people
  • Guests must maintain a 2 m distance from other tables and other groups, including bar and patio seating
  • In licensed settings, guests must be assigned to a table, booth or counter and shown to their seats
  • There is no liquor self-service allowed
  • Capacity may be limited to accommodate physical distancing
  • If a restaurant, cafe or pub holds an event, no more than 50 people can attend
  • If live music is performed, barriers must in place between performers and guests
  • Guests should not sing or dance, dance floors are closed

Business Orders and Guidance

The restaurant sector must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place based on the protocols set by WorkSafeBC. 

Employers must also ensure they are abiding by any relevant orders, notices, or guidance issued by the Provincial Health Officer and the health authority relevant to their workplace.

What to Expect

Check with the venue you plan to visit to review their safety protocols and arrive prepared. Changes may include:

  • Limiting events to a maximum of 50 people at any one time
  • Staggered entry and exit from the venue, increased time between door opening and performance start time
  • Increased intermission time to allow more time for concession and washroom use
  • Performers and staff positioned to be maximize physical distancing
  • Plexiglass barriers installed at box office windows and concession
  • Contactless ticket scanning and ushering

Business Orders and Guidance

The performing arts sector must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place based on the protocols set by WorkSafeBC.

Employers must also ensure they are abiding by any relevant orders, notices, or guidance issued by the Provincial Health Officer and the health authority relevant to their workplace.

 

Vacation accommodation including hotels, cabins, resorts, houseboats, lodges, RV parks and tenting sites

Parties and Gatherings at Vacation Accommodations

Parties at vacation accommodations are sources of community outbreaks. By order of the Provincial Health Officer, guests must respect the official nightly capacity of the accommodation they are renting. 

  • They can welcome up to five visitors during the day
  • Visitors are not allowed to spend the night
  • For example, if an AirBnB property has listed capacity of 10 guests, a maximum of 10 guests may stay overnight and up to five visitors are permitted

It is the responsibility of the owner/operator of the accommodation to ensure all guests follow the order. Contact tracing information must be collected from everyone, guests and visitors.


What to Expect

Connect with your accommodation before you check in and arrive prepared. Changes may include:

  • Maintain 2 m of physical distance from workers and guests when possible
  • Layouts may be rearranged, including markers on the floor to designate areas and directions to move through spaces
  • On-site pools, hot tubs, gym facilities, and play areas may have restricted capacity and sanitization protocols
  • When staying in a hostel or shared accommodation, beds will be 2 m apart, arranged head-to-toe

Business Orders and Guidance

The accommodation sector must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place based on the protocols set by WorkSafeBC. 

Employers must also ensure they are abiding by any relevant orders, notices, or guidance issued by the Provincial Health Officer and the health authority relevant to their workplace.


Guidelines for B.C. Travel

Travel is different this year. The precautions you take at home should also be taken when you are away. We encourage British Columbians to be safe when enjoying the many beautiful locations across our province.

Should I Travel?

When you hit the open roads this summer, you are not leaving COVID-19 behind.

  • Consider the health and safety of people in your bubble, and whether you want to take any extra risks

Current B.C. travel conditions

If you decide to travel, take the same health and safety precautions you do at home.

  • Wash your hands often
  • Practice safe distancing, 2 m
  • Spend time in small groups and open spaces
  • Clean spaces often

If you are feeling sick, stay home. No exceptions. 

If symptoms develop while travelling, self-isolate immediately and contact 8-1-1 for guidance and testing. 


Do Your Research and Arrive Prepared

Do your research before you travel and make sure your summer trip is right for you, right for your family and right for the community you are visiting.
 
Coming from Outside of B.C.

If you are travelling to B.C. from another province or territory within Canada you are expected to follow the same travel guidelines as everyone else in B.C.

Travellers to and from the United States going to and from Alaska must proceed directly to their destination and self-isolate during any necessary overnight stops.​


 

 

 

Respect Communities

Some towns, communities and regions who rely on tourism are eager to welcome B.C. visitors with safety measures in place.

Others might be hesitant to welcome outside visitors and people need to respect that.

Arrive prepared to smaller communities if they don’t have the resources to support you.

  • Bring groceries and essential supplies, if possible
  • If you get sick, self-isolate immediately and contact 8-1-1 for guidance and testing

If communities are welcoming visitors, support their small businesses when you can.

Visiting Indigenous Communities

Some Indigenous communities in B.C. are not welcoming visitors at this time. 

Indigenous Tourism BC has a list of Indigenous experiences in the province that are currently open and welcoming visitors.

 


Dr. Bonnie Henry's Travel Manners

  • Check before you go
  • Fewer faces in bigger spaces
  • If sick, stay home
  • Wash your hands
  • Keep a safe physical distance
  • Come prepared, bring supplies
  • Respect travel advisories 


Guidelines for Social Interaction

There are key guidelines to keep yourself and others safe.

If you are at greater risk (over the age of 60 or with underlying medical conditions), be informed of your risk, think through your risk tolerance and take extra precautions.

Golden Rules for Wearing Masks

  • If healthy, distancing is always better
  • Always wash your hands
  • If sick, stay home, no exceptions
  • Try not to touch your face
  • Reserve medical masks for health care workers
  • Treat everyone with respect, some people wear masks out of courtesy
  • Your mask should fit snugly, covering your nose and mouth
  • Use when physical distancing isn't possible


Inside Your Bubble

Your bubble includes members of your immediate household and can be carefully expanded to include others. 

  • Try to limit the number of people in your bubble
  • Every time you add someone to your bubble, you are also connecting with everybody in their bubble
  • Inside your bubble you can hug and kiss and do not need to wear a mask or stay 2 m apart
  • Remember, vigilant hand-washing and space cleaning is still important
  • If you are sick, self-isolate from people in your bubble as much as possible

Outside Your Bubble

In personal settings when you're seeing friends and family who aren't in your bubble:

  • Only get together in small groups of 2 to 6 people
  • Keep 2 m of physical distance from those who are outside your bubble and limit your time together
  • Stay home and away from others if you have cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Take extra precautions for those at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, including older people and those with chronic health conditions


Practice Good Hygiene

  • Stay at home and keep a safe distance from people in your household when you have cold or flu-like symptoms, including: 
    • Coughing
    • Runny nose
    • Sore throat
    • Fatigue
  • No handshaking or hugs with people outside of your bubble
  • Practice good hygiene, including:
    • Regular hand washing
    • Avoiding touching your face
    • Covering coughs and sneezes
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Maintain physical distance as much as possible when in the community and where not possible, consider using a non-medical mask or face covering