Information about whether or not your business needs to close due to COVD-19.
The Government of British Columbia produced a list of essential services that can remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some businesses, such as personal services, have been subject to Government of British Columbia closure orders.
Any business that is not subject to a closure order and not listed as an essential service can continue to operate, “if it can adapt its services and workplace to the orders and recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer,” as stated by the Government of British Columbia. This means ensuring customers or patrons can maintain two metres of physical distance and that occupants don’t total more than 50, as banned by health officials.
BC Restart Plan
Starting in mid-May the B.C. government began taking a careful, phased approach to restarting the B.C. economy in the face of COVID-19. The BC Restart Plan outlines each of the four phases, which businesses are able to open and when, and what’s expected of businesses and individuals as we move through the phases.
As part of the Restart Plan, businesses must develop and communicate a COVID-19 Safety Plan for safe reopening. WorkSafeBC has created safe reopening guidelines, including industry-specific guidelines.