Highlighted items indicate new/updated since July 24. (Last Update: August 14, 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 has been extended until August 18, 2020 (extensions are issued in 2-week increments).
🚨 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 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 3 of 4.
🔅 PHYSICAL DISTANCING ORDERS 🔅
❌ Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned. Order has been updated to include:
—–Max 5 people may attend a social gathering event in vacation accommodation, in addition to the occupants.
—–Max 50 people may attend an event if there is a central organizer, responsible for adhering to the conditions of the Public Health Order. Contact information for all attendees must be collected.
👨👩👧👦 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.
👩👩👦↔️👨👧👧 Gather in small groups of no more than six people, but continue to maintain your physical distance between social bubbles.
🌳 Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor gatherings.
🤒 Self-isolate if you are sick, even if it is not COVID-19. 😷 Non-medical masks may be worn when keeping physical distance isn’t possible to help keep those around you safe.
🧪 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.
📱 New mobile app to help notify Canadians of potential COVID-19 exposure now available. 🍁
🩺 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 at health care facilities. Check online before you go: Vancouver Coastal Health
🧓 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.
✅ Elective surgeries and procedures have restarted with new surgical renewal plan in place.
HOUSING ⛔️ Freeze on rental rates continues to be in place until November 30, 2020.
⛔️ Moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent will be lifted prior to September 1. A repayment framework has been outlined to help renters and landlords to transition and tenants in arrears to maintain their housing when the ban on evictions for non-payment of rent is lifted ahead of Sept. 1, 2020.
⛔️ Landlords may restrict use of common areas by tenants or guests.
⚠️ The ban on evictions for reasons other than unpaid rent is now lifted.
⚠️ Landlords may resume entering a rental with 24-hour notice for reasons considered lawful under the RTA.
🏘️ Strata councils may meet virtually during COVID-19. >> Click here to see personal supports available to you.
⛔️ 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. 🍁
🚗 Renew auto-insurance by email or phone.
🚗 Extend your drivers license remotely. All requests for medical information temporarily postponed. Call 1-800-950-1498.
🛣️ Avoid non-essential travel between provinces. Check DriveBC for highway closures.
🚌 BC Transit & TransLink: Face coverings will be mandatory on all transit vehicles, effective Monday, August 24. Exceptions in place for those with medical conditions who are unable to mask-up.
⛴️ BC Ferries: Passengers must be in possession of a non-medical face covering and may be refused boarding if ill. Some passenger amenities are available. Priority medical-assured loading available.
⛴️ BC Inland Ferries: Passengers must be in possession of a non-medical face covering and may be refused boarding if ill. All inland ferry passengers travelling by vehicle must remain in their vehicles for the duration of the trip to help protect the safety of passengers and crew. All passenger amenities are closed.
✅ All ICBC knowledge tests available again by appointment. >> 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.
❌🎰 Casinos remain closed. ❌🍻 Liquor-primary establishments that do not serve meals (i.e. nightclubs) must stay closed. 🔅
🛍️ Some businesses may refuse to pack reusable bags or containers. 🔅
🥄 Sale of bulk foods are prohibited, except those dispensed via gravity feed bins, or where staff dispense the bulk items.
🍽️ Restaurants, pubs, cafés, nightclubs public health orders have been updated. 🔅
—–Max 6 people per table. 🔅
—–Seated service only, no self-serve at the bar. 🔅
—–No dancing or singing by patrons. 🔅
—–Performers must be separated from audience by barriers or 3m. 🔅
—–No jam sessions, open mic sessions, or karaoke. 🔅
—–Dance floors must be closed by physical barriers. 🔅
—–No table hopping. 🔅
—–Events may take place between 5:30am – 11:00pm. 🔅
✅ Sale of non-food items may now resume at “farmers markets” or “community markets”. Food and drink vendors may not offer samples. 🔅
✅ Personal service establishments (salons, spas, massage, tattoo parlours, etc.) may re-open with enhanced operating protocols in place. 🔅 ℹ️ Read more: Essential Services List ℹ️ Read more: Guidance to retail food & grocery stores
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.
❌ Travel restrictions in place for Haida Gwaii.
🏊 Community centres and other municipal services may be impacted. Check before you go: City NVan – District NVan – West Van – NVSD 44
⚾ 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.
🏞️ Peace Arch Provincial Park is closed.
✅ Safe and respectful travel and tourism within the province may resume.
✅ North Shore playgrounds now open.
✅ North Shore libraries have re-opened. Check online for hours and services before you go.
✅ BC Parks have re-opened for day-use and camping. Check online for the current status of your park before you go.
✅ Parks Canada: National parks, historic sites, and campsites are re-opening. Check online before you go. ℹ️ Read more: In-province travel restrictions
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL & BORDERS 🍁
❌ 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.
❌ New protocols in place for foreign nationals transiting through Canada to Alaska. 🍁
❌ Cruise ships with overnight accommodations allowed to carry more than 100 persons are prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until October 31.
⛔️ 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.
🌡️ Temperature screening is now required at all airports as well as at points of departure for those travelling inbound into Canada.
🍁 Canadians currently abroad are strongly advised to return to Canada. Call 1-613-996-8885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
🍁 CBSA services hours are temporarily reduced at more land, air, marine ports of entry (POE).
🍁 Passport services in Canada resuming by mail and by appointment for travel in less than 30 days.
✈️ 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.
🍁 Federal measure. Contact your local MP for questions about these items.
🔅 Public Health Order.