COVID-19 has created numerous challenges for small businesses in B.C., not least whether or not to stay open, and how to operate safely.
Essential services have been free to continue operating in British Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some businesses have been subject to Government of British Columbia closure orders, such as personal services. Any business not listed as an essential service or subject to a closure order has been free to continue to operate, but only “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 businesses must ensure customers or patrons can maintain two metres of physical distance.
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.
- WorkSafeBC – COVID-19 and Returning to Safe Operation
- Returning to Safe Operation FAQs
- How to Earn the Trust of Customers as You Reopen Your Business
- How to Create a COVID-19 Safety Plan for Re-opening