COVID19

Public Health & Government News

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Below you will find a summary of current public health orders and official government announcements, boiled down into one list to help you navigate the sea of new information out there.

New and updated information is highlighted. (Current as of: March 31, 2020)

 

Cases:

Total confirmed cases in B.C.: 1,013
New cases since March 28, 2020: 86
Hospitalized cases: 128
Intensive Care: 61
COVID-19 related deaths: 24
Recovered: 507

Confirmed cases by region:
Vancouver Coastal Health:476
Fraser Health: 348
Island Health: 67
Interior Health: 107

Northern Health: 15

 

Canada spending $192 million to develop COVID19 vaccine.

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EMERGENCY STATUS

⛔️ Public Health Emergency declared, effective March 17, 2020.

⛔️ Provincial State of Emergency declared, effective March 18, 2020.

⛔️ New Ministerial Orders March 26, 2020.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING ORDERS !!

⛔️ Violations of Public Health Orders (!!) can carry fines of over $25,000 or jail time.

Gatherings are banned.!!

🧍↔️🧍 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.!!

HEALTH CARE

⛔️ Scheduled elective surgeries and procedures are being postponed.

👩‍⚕️ Workers and volunteers in long-term care may no longer work at multiple facilities.!!

🏥 Visitor restrictions are in place for all Vancouver Coastal Health and Northern 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.

🩺 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.

PUBLIC SERVICES

🚗 Autoinsurance

—–Renew auto insurance by email or phone.

—–Remote extensions for driver licensing available. All requests for medical information temporarily postponed. Call 1-800-950-1498.

—–💵 Payment deferrals available, click here for information.

⛴️  Non-essential travel advisory from B.C. Ferries: Essential travel only:
In line with directions provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada and other leading health authorities, BC Ferries is advising customers to avoid non-essential travel at this time.

⛴️ BC Ferries passengers may stay inside their vehicles the entire trip except for travelers on Northern ferry routes – Which is a Transport Canada (federal) decision.

⛴️BC Ferries Service Notice Food, Retail and Baggage Services Suspended March 18, 2020 until further notice

🚌 BC Transit, TransLink: Rear door, fare-free boarding on all buses. Those with accessibility needs can still load at front.

🍷 BC Liquor Stores will stay open, though on reduced hours.

💡 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.

⚖️ Limitation periods to commence court proceedings have been suspended.

🆘 bc211 is now also available to match volunteers with seniors in need of help with groceries, etc. Call 2-1-1 or visit online.

RETAIL SERVICES

🛍️ 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

⛔️ The resale of food, medical supplies, personal protective equipment, cleaning products and other essential supplies is prohibited.

🍅 Only food vendors are allowed at “farmers markets” or “community markets”. !! Online farmer’s markets opening soon.

🥡 Restaurants are open for pick-up/delivery service only.!!

🍻 Restaurants may now sell liquor products with meals for pick-up/delivery using staff with Serving-It-Right certification.

🍸 Liquor distilleries are now permitted to produce alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

❌ By public health order, the following retail services are closed throughout BC:

—–💇 Personal service establishments, such as salons, spas, massage, tattoo parlours, etc.!!

—–🎰 Casinos.!!

—–🍻 Liquor-primary establishments, such as bars and clubs.!!

ℹ️ Read more: Essential Services List

ℹ️ Read more: Guidance to retail food & grocery stores

PUBLIC RECREATION & OUTDOORS

🏊 Many public recreational facilities may be closed. Check local government websites for details.

Prince Rupert
Village of Queen Charlotte
Port Edward
Masset
Port Clements

Lax Kw’alaams
Kitkatla
Metlakatla
Old Massett Village Council
Skidegate Band Council
Council of the Haida Nation
Kitasoo/Xai Xais
Nuxalk Nation
Heiltsuk Nation
Wuikinuxv Nation

North Coast Regional District
Central Coast Regional District

🏞️ Parks Canada: Visitor services at all national parks and historic sites are closed.🏞️ BC Parks: Some parks and facilities may be closed. Check online before you go.

⛺ All campgrounds are closed.

🤾‍♂️ BC Summer Games has been cancelled.

ℹ️ Read more: In-province travel restrictions

HOUSING

⛔️ Immediate halt on all evictions, except for extreme case involving safety concerns and court-ordered evictions.

⛔️ Freeze on rental rates. No rent increases are allowed in BC, effective April 1.

⛔️ 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.

💵 Click here for financial supports: Housing.

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

🏫 In-class instruction is suspended at all K-12 schools, but continuous learning is available.

👶 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)

💵 Click here for financial supports: Children & Families.

ℹ️ Read More: BC Government COVID-19 child care supports

STUDENTS & SENIORS

💵 Click here for financial supports: Students.

💵 Click here for financial supports: Seniors.

LABOUR & INDUSTRY

⛔️ Employers cannot require a doctors notes or testing for people to stay home from work.!!

🏪 All businesses must adjust their operations to meet social distancing orders and should implement enhanced cleaning, or close.!!

🏪 All workplaces must ensure a safe working environment.

🧍 Workers may take unpaid, job-protected leave if they are unable to work for reasons relating to COVID-19, retroactive to Jan 27, 2020.

🧍 Workers now have three days of unpaid, job-protected leave each year for people who cannot work due to illness or injury. This is a permanent change.

💵 Click here for financial supports: Employment & Income Assistance.

💵 Click here for financial supports: Businesses.

ℹ️ Read more: Guidance for active construction sites

ℹ️ Read more: Guidance for manufacturers

ℹ️ Read more: Guidance for mining and smelting

TRAVEL & BORDERS

🍁 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.

❌ Entry into Canada will be denied to all non-essential travellers who are not Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents and their immediate family. US citizens will no longer be exempt.

⛔️ Avoid all non-essential travel.

⛔️ Anyone exhibiting symptoms will be actively refused boarding onto all aircraft and trains, including for travel within Canada.

✈️ Overseas international flights entering Canada will be restricted to YVR, YYZ, YUL, YYC only.

⚠️ Travellers entering the country must self-isolate for fourteen days.!! Violations carry a maximum fine of $750,000 and 6 months in jail.

💵 Click here for financial supports re: travel.

 

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Do Your Part: Slowing Transmission of COVID-19

It continues to be extremely important that everyone works to prevent the spread of this disease. Even if you do not personally feel like you are at risk of getting sick, we must each do our part to protect other, more vulnerable community members. Slowing transmission helps our health care system keep up with the disease.

👏 Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds

🤧 Sneeze/cough into your elbow

🚫 Avoid touching your face

🧍↔️🧍 Maintain 2m distance from others

😷 SELF-ISOLATE if you are sick, even if it is not COVID-19.

Do I need testing?

Find out by using the online BC COVID-19 Self Assessment tool: covid19.thrive.health

Do I need to stockpile food and supplies?

Our retail supply-chain providers have assured us they have an abundance of supply and are restocking regularly. There is no need to stockpile and the Government of BC will work with retailers and industry to restrict quantities of certain items purchased at point of sale to make sure there is enough supply for those who need them.

Where do I go if I have questions?

 

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* ☎️

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

  • Call: 1-888-COVID-19* ☎️
  • Text: 604-630-0300 📱
  • Online: BC CDC 🌐

*Translation available in over 100 languages


Official Information Sources

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.