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COVID-19 SUMMARY OF PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS & GOV’T ANNOUNCEMENTS – April 8

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 8, 2020)

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 8, 2020)

EMERGENCY STATUS

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.!!

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.
  • Click here to see personal supports available to you.

RETAIL SERVICES

GOVERNMENT SERVICES

RECREATION & OUTDOORS

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.
  • 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.