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 as of April 2, 2020)
- 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.!!
- 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 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.
—–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.
- BC Ferries: Passengers may stay inside their vehicles the entire trip; on board food service is minimal; avoid non-essential travel.
- 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.
- 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.!!
—–Liquor-primary establishments, such as bars and clubs.!!
- Read more: Essential Services List
- Read more: Guidance to retail food & grocery stores
PUBLIC RECREATION & OUTDOORS
- 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.
- BC Parks: Some parks and facilities may be closed. Check online before you go.
- All campgrounds are closed.
- BC Summer Games has been cancelled.
- Read more: In-province travel restrictions
- 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.
- BC Hydro is halting all service disconnections for non-payment of bills.
- Click here for financial supports: Housing.
CHILDREN & YOUTH
- Childcare matching service available for essential service workers with kids 0-5. Call 1-888-338-6622 or register online.
- Youth in care will not age out of services during the pandemic.
- Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) program payments will continue despite school closures and training interruptions
- 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.
- Read More: BC Government COVID-19 child care supports
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.
- BC Hydro is halting all service disconnections for non-payment of bills.
- Companies looking to offer support or supplies to help with the fight against COVID-19 can do so through the COVID-19 Supplier Hub.
- Click here for financial supports: Employment & Income Assistance.
- Click here for financial supports: Businesses.
- Read more: Guidance for active construction sites
- Read more: Guidance for manufacturers
- Read more: Guidance for mining and smelting
- Read more: Guidelines industrial camps
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- All Canadian borders are closed to non-essential travellers who are not Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents and their immediate family.
- 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.