COVID-19 Status of Restrictions

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>>Table of COVID-19 Supports for People & Businesses

Below you will find a summary of current restrictions and closures ordered by Provincial Health Office Dr. Bonnie Henry and through official government announcements. Click here to view COVID-19 Supports for People & Businesses. These lists are assembled for your convenience only and offer links to official information wherever possible. New information is also issued as a bulletin when new public health orders are issued. Subscribe to have them automatically delivered to your inbox.

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Highlighted items indicate new/updated since June 18. (Last Update: June 30, 2020)

EMERGENCY STATUS
โ›”๏ธ 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.
โ›”๏ธ Provincial State of Emergency declared, effective March 18, 2020 has been extended until July 7, 2020 (extensions are issued in 2-week increments).
๐Ÿšจ Compliance & Enforcement: Violations of public health orders, quarantine orders, or restrictions against price gouging and profiteering can carry heavy fines and even jail time. Violations can be reported to your local government bylaw office (City NVanDistrict NVanWest Van), to your local police force through their non-emergency line, or via Consumer Protection BC (in the case of price gouging).
โœ… BC Restart Plan is currently in Phase 3 of 4.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING ORDERS !!
โŒ Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned.!!
๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ You may now carefully expand your “social bubble” (i.e. allowing hugs between households if they agree to be in each others’ bubbles), keeping in mind that every person added impacts everyone in the bubble.
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ†”๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง Gather in small groups of no more than six people, but continue to maintain your physical distance between social bubbles.
๐ŸŒณ Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor gatherings.
๐Ÿค’ Self-isolate if you are sick, even if it is not COVID-19.
๐Ÿ˜ท Non-medical masks may be worn when keeping physical distance isn’t possible to help keep those around you safe.

HEALTH CARE
๐Ÿงช 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.
๐Ÿฉบ Choose virtual health care services whenever available, physicians will be compensated.
๐Ÿ’Š Physician notes are NOT required for prescription refills by pharmacists.
๐Ÿฆท 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.
โš•๏ธ MSP coverage wait times are waived for those who have been out of province and returned.
๐Ÿ’‰ Safe prescription alternatives to the illegal drug supply available to people who use substances.
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ Workers and volunteers in long-term care may no longer work at multiple facilities.!!
๐Ÿฅ Visitor restrictions are in place at health care facilities. Check online before you go: Vancouver Coastal Health
๐Ÿง“ Long-term care and seniors’ assisted living facilities may now allow visitors under strict visiting protocols, beginning with single-person visits in designated visiting rooms.
โœ… Elective surgeries and procedures have restarted with new surgical renewal plan in place.

HOUSING
โ›”๏ธ Freeze on rental rates continues to be in place.
โ›”๏ธ Moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent continues to be in place.
โ›”๏ธ Landlords may restrict use of common areas by tenants or guests.
โš ๏ธ The ban on evictions for reasons other than unpaid rent is now lifted.
โš ๏ธ Landlords may resume entering a rental with 24-hour notice for reasons considered lawful under the RTA.
๐Ÿ˜๏ธ Strata councils may meet virtually during COVID-19.
>> Click here to see personal supports available to you.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
โ›”๏ธ 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. ๐Ÿ
๐Ÿš— Renew auto-insurance by email or phone.
๐Ÿš— Extend your drivers license remotely. All requests for medical information temporarily postponed. Call 1-800-950-1498.
๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Avoid non-essential travel between provinces. Check DriveBC for highway closures.
๐ŸšŒ BC Transit, TransLink: Use of non-medical masks is recommended while travelling on transit. Service levels may be impacted. Check online before you go.
โ›ด๏ธ BC Ferries & BC Inland Ferries: Avoid non-essential travel. Service levels impacted. Passengers must be in possession of a non-medical face covering and may be refused boarding if ill.
โœ… All ICBC knowledge tests available again by appointment.
>> Click here to see personal supports available to you.

RETAIL & SERVICES
โ›”๏ธ The resale of food, medical supplies, personal protective equipment, cleaning products and other essential supplies is prohibited.
โŒ ๐ŸŽฐ Casinos remain closed.!!
โŒ ๐Ÿป Liquor-primary establishments that do not serve meals (i.e. nightclubs) must stay closed.!!
๐Ÿ›๏ธ Do not use reusable bags or containers when shopping.
๐Ÿฅ„ Sale of bulk foods are prohibited, except those dispensed via gravity feed bins, or where staff dispense the bulk items.
โœ… Restaurants, pubs, cafรฉs may resume standing and seated service at reduced capacity, provided enhanced operating protocols to enable distancing orders are in place.!!
โœ… Sale of non-food items may now resume at “farmers markets” or “community markets”. Food and drink vendors may not offer samples.
โœ… Personal service establishments (salons, spas, massage, tattoo parlours, etc.) may re-open with enhanced operating protocols in place.
โ„น๏ธ Read more: Essential Services List
โ„น๏ธ Read more: Guidance to retail food & grocery stores

GOVERNMENT SERVICES
๐Ÿท BC Liquor Stores will stay open, though on reduced hours.
๐Ÿ’ก 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.
๐Ÿ In-Person Canada Service Centres are now closed. Apply for benefits online.
๐Ÿ†˜ bc211 is now also available to match volunteers with seniors in need of help with groceries, etc. Call 2-1-1 or visit online.
โš–๏ธ Limitation periods to commence court proceedings have been suspended.
๐Ÿ‘จโ€โš–๏ธ Civil Resolution Tribunal deadlines extended; fees waived for those struggling financially.
๐Ÿ“œ Remote execution of legal documents allowed during pandemic.
>> Click here to see personal supports available to you.

RECREATION & OUTDOORS
โ›”๏ธ Restrictions on open burning activities in effect. Read more.
โ›”๏ธ The Squamish Nation has closed their communities to visitors. Check for notices before heading into local First Nations communities.
๐ŸŠ Community centres and other municipal services may be impacted. Check before you go: City NVanDistrict NVanWest VanNVSD 44
๐Ÿ“š North Shore libraries will be re-opening on July 7. Check online for hours and services before you go.
โšพ Amateur sport organizations may resume offering recreational activities, with protections against COVID-19 liabilities provided that they are operating according to public health orders and provincial sport guidelines.
๐Ÿž๏ธ Peace Arch Provincial Park is closed.
โœ… Safe and respectful travel and tourism within the province may resume.

โœ… North Shore playgrounds now June 1.
โœ… BC Parks have re-opened for day-use and camping. Check online for the current status of your park before you go.
โœ… Parks Canada: National parks, historic sites, and campsites are re-opening. Check online before you go.
โ„น๏ธ Read more: In-province travel restrictions

CHILDREN, YOUTH, & STUDENTS
โ›”๏ธ Overnight camps for children and youth may not operate.!!
๐Ÿ‘ช 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)
๐Ÿซ Optional in-class instruction available for K-12 students.
โœ… Parents may now choose to return their children to child care. The online childcare matching service is now open to all parents.
>> Click here to see personal supports available to you.
โ„น๏ธ Read More: BC Government COVID-19 child care supports

LABOUR & BUSINESSES
โ›”๏ธ All employers must have a Workplace COVID-19 Safety Plan!!
โ›”๏ธ Employers cannot require a doctors notes or testing for people to stay home from work.!!
โ›”๏ธ Commercial landlords who are eligible for the CECRA are restricted from evicting their eligible commercial tenants.
๐Ÿ’ช Companies looking to offer support or supplies to help with the fight against COVID-19 can do so through the COVID-19 Supplier Hub.๐Ÿ‘ท Provincial Health Order regarding Industrial Work Camps in effect.!!
๐Ÿง 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.
โ„น๏ธ Read more: Public Health Officer Guidance for industries and employers
>> Click here to see supports available to you and your business.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL & BORDERS
โŒ All Canadian borders are closed to non-essential travellers, with the following exceptions: Canadian Citizen, Permanent Residents, Foreign nationals visiting immediate family who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents. Travellers must not show any signs of illness and are required to carry out a mandatory 14-day Quarantine.
โŒ Cruise ships with overnight accommodations allowed to carry more than 100 persons are prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until October 31. ๐Ÿ
โ›”๏ธ Travellers entering the country must self-isolate for fourteen days.!! Violations carry a maximum fine of $750,000 and 6 months in jail. ๐Ÿ
โ›”๏ธ Avoid all non-essential travel. ๐Ÿ
โ›”๏ธ Anyone exhibiting symptoms will be actively refused boarding onto all aircraft and trains, including for travel within Canada. ๐Ÿ
๐ŸŒก๏ธ Temperature screening is now required at all airports as well as at points of departure for those travelling inbound into Canada. ๐Ÿ
๐Ÿ Canadians currently abroad are strongly advised to return to Canada. Call 1-613-996-8885 or email sos@international.gc.ca for assistance. ๐Ÿ
๐Ÿ Reduction in service at Canadian land border crossings in effect.
โœˆ๏ธ All international flights (including from the USA) entering British Columbia will be restricted to YVR only.
Face masks may be required for passengers and workers when
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Questions? For items marked “๐Ÿ”, contact your local MP. Otherwise, contact your local MLA.

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Questions?

If you have symptoms:

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

  • Call: 2-1-1* โ˜Ž๏ธ

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

  • Call: 8-1-1* โ˜Ž๏ธ
  • Online: BC CDC ๐ŸŒ

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

  • Call: 1-888-COVID-19* โ˜Ž๏ธ
  • Text: 604-630-0300 ๐Ÿ“ฑ
  • Online: BC Government COVID-19 ๐ŸŒ

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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.