COVID-19 9 Restrictions & Closures

 We have listed below a summary of official government announcements and current public health orders. Each category listed contains information that will be helpful to you. As information is updated quickly, we will keep adding relevant links to this document. We would like to thank our colleague, MLA Bowinn Ma for the template for this page. 

Official BC Government COVID-19 Site

COVID-19 Restrictions & Closures

Highlighted items indicate new/updated since May 7. (Last Update: May 19, 2020)

EMERGENCY STATUS
⛔️ Public Health Emergency declared, effective March 17, 2020. See written Provincial Health Orders here, however Dr. Bonnie Henry is also able to issue verbal orders with immediate effect.
⛔️ Provincial State of Emergency declared, effective March 18, 2020 until May 26, 2020 (extensions are issued in 2-week increments). New Ministerial Orders March 26, 2020.
🚨 Compliance & Enforcement: Violations of public health orders, quarantine orders, or restrictions against price gouging and profiteering can carry heavy fines and even jail time. Report violations to your local government bylaw office (City NVan – District NVan – West Van), to your local police force through their non-emergency line, or via Consumer Protection BC (in the case of price gouging).
✅ BC Restart Plan is currently in Phase 2 of 4. If BC continues to do well in terms of managing COVID-19 transmissions, we expect to go into Phase 3 in June.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING ORDERS !!
❌ Gatherings of more than 50 people in one indoor space are banned.!!
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Gather in small groups of no more than six people, but continue to maintain your physical distance between households.
🌳 Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor gatherings.

🧍↔️🧍 Maintain 2m distance from others.
🏠 Stay home as much as possible, do not visit with friends (call them instead).
🌳 It’s okay to go outside for fresh air and exercise, but stay away from others.
😷 Self-isolate if you are sick, even if it is not COVID-19.
✈️ Enhanced quarantine compliance procedures in place for travellers entering the country.!!

HEALTH CARE
✅ Scheduling for elective surgeries and procedures has restarted. Massive surgical renewal plan to clear COVID-19 backlog in the next 17-24 months in place.
🧪 COVID-19 testing criteria changes regularly. Take the online self-assessment or call 8-1-1 if you have symptoms to check whether you should be tested.
🩺 Choose virtual health care services whenever available, physicians will be compensated.
💊 Physician notes are NOT required for prescription refills by pharmacists.
🦷 Dentists should be providing emergency services only at this time. Services available from other regulated health care professionals (RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, etc) may also be limited at this time.
⚕️ MSP coverage wait times are waived for those who have been out of province and returned.
💉 Safe prescription alternatives to the illegal drug supply available to people who use substances.
👩‍⚕️ Workers and volunteers in long-term care may no longer work at multiple facilities.!!
🏥 Visitor restrictions are in place for all Vancouver Coastal Health facilities, including hospitals, long-term care, assisted living sites, community health centres and clinics. For those living in other health authority areas, check online before you go.

HOUSING
⛔️ Immediate halt on all evictions, except for extreme case involving safety concerns and court-ordered evictions. View Q&As here.
⛔️ Freeze on rental rates. No rent increases are allowed in BC, effective April 1. View Q&As here.
⛔️ Landlords may now restrict use of common areas by tenants or guests.
⛔️ Landlords may not enter tenants’ homes without their expressed consent, unless there is a clear threat to people or property.
🏘️ Strata councils may meet virtually during COVID-19.
>> Click here to see personal supports available to you.

TRANSPORTATION
🚗 Renew auto-insurance by email or phone.
🚗 Extend your drivers license remotely. All requests for medical information temporarily postponed. Call 1-800-950-1498.
🚌 BC TransitTransLink: Rear door, fare-free boarding on all buses ends on May 31. Those with accessibility needs can still load at front. Service reductions in effect: Check online before you go.
⛔️ All commercial marine vessels with a capacity of more than 12 passengers are prohibited from engaging in non-essential activities, such as tourism or recreation. Ferries and essential passenger vessels must operate at 50% capacity at most. 🍁
⛴️ BC Ferries & BC Inland Ferries: Avoid all non-essential travel. Passengers with COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to board.
>> Click here to see personal supports available to you.

RETAIL & SERVICES
⛔️ The resale of food, medical supplies, personal protective equipment, cleaning products and other essential supplies is prohibited.
🛍️ Do not use reusable bags or containers when shopping.
🥄 Sale of bulk foods are prohibited, except those dispensed via gravity feed bins, or where staff dispense the bulk items.
🍷 BC Liquor Stores will stay open, though on reduced hours.
🍾 Private retail wine and liquor stores may now operate between 7am-11pm.
🥡 Restaurants are open for pick-up/delivery service only.!!
✅ Restaurants, pubs, cafés may resume standing and seated service at reduced capacity, provided enhanced operating protocols to enable distancing orders are in place.!!
🥡 Restaurants may sell liquor products with meals for pick-up/delivery using staff with Serving-It-Right certification.
🍅 Only food vendors are allowed at “farmers markets” or “community markets”. !! Online farmer’s markets opening soon.
✅ Personal service establishments (salons, spas, massage, tattoo parlours, etc.) may re-open with enhanced operating protocols in place.
❌ The following are closed throughout BC:
—–💇 Personal service establishments, such as salons, spas, massage, tattoo parlours, etc.!!
—–🎰 Casinos.!!
—–🍻 Liquor-primary establishments that do not serve meals (i.e. nightclubs) must stay closed.!!
ℹ️ Read more: Essential Services List
ℹ️ Read more: Guidance to retail food & grocery stores

GOVERNMENT SERVICES
💡 BC Service Centres will stay open, but the first hour of service is dedicated to seniors and other vulnerable people. You can also call for service: 1-800-663-7867.
🍁 In-Person Canada Service Centres are now closed. Apply for benefits online.
🆘 bc211 is now also available to match volunteers with seniors in need of help with groceries, etc. Call 2-1-1 or visit online.
⚖️ Limitation periods to commence court proceedings have been suspended.
👨‍⚖️ Civil Resolution Tribunal deadlines extended; fees waived for those struggling financially.
>> Click here to see personal supports available to you.

RECREATION & OUTDOORS
⛔️ Restrictions on open burning activities in effect. Read more.
⛔️ The Squamish Nation has closed their communities to visitors. Check for notices before heading into local First Nations communities.
🏊 Community centres, playgrounds, and sports fields are in varying states of re-opening. Check before you go: City NVan – District NVan – West Van – NVSD 44
🏞️ Parks Canada: Visitor services at all national parks and historic sites are closed. Camping, group activities and events at all national parks, national historic sites, heritage canals and national marine conservation areas are suspended until at least May 31, 2020.
✅ BC Parks have begun to reopen for day use only. Check online for the current status of your park before you go.
⛺ All campgrounds are closed. Camping will begin to reopen June 1, 2020, with some exceptions. Check BC Discover Camping and Parks Canada for site status.
🤾‍♂️ BC Summer Games has been cancelled.
ℹ️ Read more: In-province travel restrictions

CHILDREN, YOUTH, & STUDENTS
👶 All parents who can, should care for their children at home. This makes it easier for providers to follow enhanced preventative health measures.
👪 Enhanced government funding is available for child care providers that stay open and that close. Providers receiving enhanced government funding (above) cannot charge parent fees for any periods of closure or for vacant spaces and must reserve spaces for families. Check with your provider to see if they are in this program. (Effective April 2020)
🏫 Optional in-class instruction for K-12 students will begin June 1.
>> Click here to see personal supports available to you.
ℹ️ Read More: BC Government COVID-19 child care supports

LABOUR & INDUSTRY
💪 Companies looking to offer support or supplies to help with the fight against COVID-19 can do so through the COVID-19 Supplier Hub.
⛔️ All employers must have a Workplace COVID-19 Safety Plan!! WorkSafeBC is available to support workplaces as they resume operations.
⛔️ Employers cannot require a doctors notes or testing for people to stay home from work.!!
👷 Provincial Health Order regarding Industrial Work Camps in effect.!!
🧍 Workers may take unpaid, job-protected leave if they are unable to work for reasons relating to COVID-19, retroactive to Jan 27, 2020. As a permanent change, workers now also have three days of unpaid, job-protected leave each year for people who cannot work due to illness or injury.
⏸️ Temporary lay-off period during COVID-19 has been extended to 16 weeks.
ℹ️ Read more: Public Health Officer Guidance for industries and employers
>> Click here to see supports available to you and your business.

TRAVEL & BORDERS
❌ All Canadian borders are closed to non-essential travellers who are not Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents and their immediate family. 🍁
⛔️ Travellers entering the country must self-isolate for fourteen days.!! Violations carry a maximum fine of $750,000 and 6 months in jail. 🍁
⛔️ Avoid all non-essential travel. 🍁
⛔️ Anyone exhibiting symptoms will be actively refused boarding onto all aircraft and trains, including for travel within Canada. 🍁
🍁 Canadians currently abroad are strongly advised to return to Canada now while they are still able. Call 1-613-996-8885 or email sos@international.gc.ca for assistance. 🍁
🍁 Reduction in service at Canadian land border crossings in effect.
✈️ All international flights (including from the USA) entering British Columbia will be restricted to YVR only.
>> Click here to see personal supports available to you.

Questions? For items marked “🍁”, contact your local MP. Otherwise, contact your local MLA.


Questions?

If you have symptoms:

If you need help or would like to give help to others:

  • Call: 2-1-1* ☎️

If you are looking for medical information about COVID-19:

  • Call: 8-1-1* ☎️
  • Online: BC CDC 🌐

If you are looking for non-medical information about COVID-19:

*Translation available in over 100 languages

Official Information Sources

This is a regularly evolving situation, with changes on a day-by-day and even hour-by-hour basis. Thus, please take note of the following links so that you can stay up to date:

Official Health Information on COVID-19
Be cautious of information you read about the virus online. Stick with reputable sites such as:

Travel Advisories & Border Control
Travel advisories and border control directives are issued by the Government of Canada. Visit Travel Advisories to see the latest advice on travel.

Emergency and Urgent Care Facility Wait Times
Medical facilities may be under increased burden during these times. Visit ED Wait Times to see the wait times for emergency and urgent facilities in Vancouver, Richmond, and North Shore.