Highlighted items indicate new/updated since May 7. (Last Update: May 19, 2020)
⛔️ 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.
✅ BC Restart Planis 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 less 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.!!
✅ 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 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.
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.
🏞️ 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 openand 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 availhttp://www.Jenniferrice.ca/covid19supportsable to you.
Questions? For items marked “🍁”, contact your local MP. Otherwise, contact your local MLA.