Phase 3 – BC's Restart Plan

Last updated: November 18, 2020

 

Guidelines by sector

Everyone should follow the orders and guidance of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO). Guidelines and extra safety precautions for sectors in Phase 2 are still in place. 

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
  • Limit on informal gatherings taking place before or after an event if they do not comply with PHO orders and guidelines

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.

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.

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.

All nightclubs and stand-alone banquet halls have been ordered to close by the Provincial Health Officer until further notice. 

What to expect at restaurants, cafes, pubs and breweries as of October 9:

  • Liquor sales in all bars, lounges, pubs and restaurants must stop at 10:00 pm and they must close by 11:00 pm
  • Patrons cannot consume liquor in premises or at events after 11:00 pm
  • Nightclubs are now defined as “a liquor primary establishment at which the main activities are selling liquor and providing music to which patrons can dance”
  • If a bar, lounge, pub or restaurant provides a full meal service, they may stay open later, but must not serve liquor until 9:00 am the next morning
  • Music or other background sounds, such as from televisions in bars, lounges, pubs and restaurants must be no louder than the volume of normal conversation
  • Patrons must stay in the seat assigned to them and must not move from table to table, “table hopping” is not allowed

Additional guidelines:

  • 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.

 

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.

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 have a maximum of six visitors
  • 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 six 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.