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COVID-19 QUICK SHEET | OFFICIAL GOV’T ANNOUNCEMENTS

Current public health orders (marked with "!!") and official government announcements, are summarized below into one list to help navigate the sea of new information out there.   

Current public health orders (marked with “!!”) and official government announcements, are summarized below into one list to help navigate the sea of new information out there. 
(Last Updated May 7, 2020)

Items that are new or updated since Apr 30 are listed below in red.

EMERGENCY STATUS

  • 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. New Ministerial Orders March 26, 2020.
  • The Provincial State of Emergency has been extended until May 12, 2020. (extensions are 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. Report violations to your local government bylaw office, 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 1 of 4. If BC continues to do well in terms of managing COVID-19 transmissions, we expect to go into Phase 2 in mid-May.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING ORDERS !!

  •  Violations of Public Health Orders (!!) can carry fines of over $25,000 or jail time.  For compliance and enforcement, contact local gov’t bylaw offices.
  •  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.!!
  • Enhanced quarantine compliance procedures in place for travellers entering the country.!!

HEALTH CARE

  • Scheduled elective surgeries and procedures are being postponed.
  •  Scheduling for elective surgeries and procedures begins again, effective May 7. 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.
  • Workers and volunteers in long-term care may no longer work at multiple facilities.!!
  • Visitor restrictions are in place for all Vancouver Coastal 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.
  • Parking at all health authority owned/operated health care sites is now free.
  • 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.

HOUSING

  • Immediate halt on all evictions, except for extreme case involving safety concerns and court-ordered evictions. View Q&As here.
  • Freeze on rental rates. No rent increases are allowed in BC, effective April 1. View Q&As here.
  • 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.
  • Strata councils may meet virtually during COVID-19.
  • Supportive housing units in hotels and other sites have been secured for all Oppenheimer Park, Topaz Park, Pandora Avenue homeless encampment residents. The sites must be vacated by May 9. !!
  • Over 2,700 additional emergency housing units have been secured in hotels and other sites to date to support vulnerable people during COVID-19. Those experiencing homelessness or who are fleeing domestic violence at home should contact their local shelter or transition home for placement support. Call 2-1-1 or search online.
  • Click here to see supports available.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Auto insurance
    —–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.
  • BC Ferries: Substantial service reductions in effect.  Passengers with COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to board. Passengers may stay inside their vehicles the entire trip; on board food service is minimal; avoid non-essential travel.
  • BC TransitTransLink: Rear door, fare-free boarding on all buses ends on May 31. Those with accessibility needs can still load at front. Service reductions may be in effect, check before you go.
  • 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.
  • Click here to see supports available.

RETAIL SERVICES

GOVERNMENT SERVICES

RECREATION & OUTDOORS

  • Restrictions on open burning activities in effect. Read more.
  • Community centres, playgrounds, and sports fields may be closed. Check before you go.
  • 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.
  • Provncial Parks: are currently closed. Provincial recreation sites and trails that can accommodate physical distancing will begin to reopen for day use only, starting May 14. Some areas and facilities will remain closed, including playgrounds, picnic shelters and visitor centres. Check BC Parks for the current status of each park.
  • All campgrounds are closed. Camping at provincial parks and recreation sites will reopen June 1, 2020, with some exceptions. Check BC Discover Camping for the current status of sites.
  • BC Summer Games has been cancelled.
  • Read more: In-province travel restrictions

CHILDREN, YOUTH & STUDENTS

  • In-class instruction is suspended at all K-12 schools, but continuous learning is available.
  • Five-stage approach in place for returning to full in-class instruction.
  • 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 to see supports available.
  • Read More: BC Government COVID-19 child care supports

LABOUR & INDUSTRY

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.
  • All Canadian borders are closed to non-essential travellers who are not Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents and their immediate family.
  • Reduction in service at Canadian land border crossings in effect.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel.
  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms will be actively refused boarding onto all aircraft and trains, including for travel within Canada.
  • All international flights (including from the USA) entering British Columbia will be restricted to YVR 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 to see supports available.

COVID-19 Summary of Supports for People & Businesses – May 8, 2020