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COVID-19 SUMMARY OF PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS & GOV’T ANNOUNCEMENTS – April 17

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. 
(Current as of April 17, 2020)

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 April 28.

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.
  • 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

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. 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 personal supports available to you.

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.
  • BC Parks: are all closed.
  • All campgrounds are closed.
  • 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.
  • 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 personal supports available to you.
  • 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 for financial supports re: travel.