BC's Restart Plan
BC Enters Phase 3 of COVID-19 Restart Plan
June 24, 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.
Phase 2 – BC's Restart Plan
Last updated: June 24, 2020
What Happened in Phase 2?
We asked people to stay close to home and avoid any travel between communities that was not essential.
Many businesses reopened with extra safety precautions and physical distancing measures, including a COVID-19 Safety Plan posted online or at their worksite. The plan signals a business has done their homework and we can visit their store, enjoy a meal or workout with confidence.
All businesses and organizations are different and have their own measures in place to keep people safe based on guidelines from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and WorkSafeBC.
Phase 1 – BC's Restart Plan
Last updated: June 24, 2020
What Happened in Phase 1?
British Columbia acted quickly to protect seniors and people at risk and to ensure our health care system could respond to COVID-19.
Provincial protective measures during Phase 1 included:
- Declared a public health emergency and a provincial state of emergency
- Mandated physical distancing and provided hand hygiene and cleaning guidelines for people, businesses and essential services to follow
- Banned mass gathering of more than 50 people
- Essential services were allowed to operate
- Closed dine-in service at bars and restaurants, and non-essential personal services, such as spas, tattoo parlours, and hair and nail salons
- Reduced in-classroom learning and child care
- Required travellers to develop and stick to a 14-day isolation plan when arriving in B.C. from abroad
- Restricted visitors to health care and assisted living facilities to protect some of our most vulnerable people
- Postponed non-urgent and elective surgeries while maintaining urgent and emergency procedures
- Closed all B.C. provincial parks, including overnight camping
- Launched the BC COVID-19 Action Plan to help individuals and businesses
Federal protective measures included:
- Banned the entry of foreign nationals by air travel into Canada
- Closed the Canada-U.S. border to all non-essential traffic
- Emergency order under the federal Quarantine Act requires any person entering Canada by air, sea or land to self-isolate for 14 days
Flatten the Curve
Together, British Columbians have been working to flatten the curve and manage the spread of COVID-19. To support us through the next stages of navigating COVID-19 in British Columbia, the provincial government has developed a Restart Plan.
“BC’s Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before. B.C.’s restart will be a careful, step-by-step process to ensure all of our combined efforts and sacrifices are not squandered.” – Government of British Columbia
To ensure that we continue to keep our province safe through this time, it is essential that we carefully and mindfully follow the guidelines as laid out by the Restart Plan.
To learn more about BC’s Restart Plan, including an overview, protective measures that have been taken, the next steps to make life a little easier, and more, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/bc-restart-plan