Information about essential services in B.C. during COVID-19.
On March 26th, 2020, the Government of British Columbia announced a list of services deemed "essential" during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Non-essential businesses were not issued a blanket ban on operating. However, the following businesses were ordered to close:
- Any business that cannot maintain a minimum physical distance of 1-2m between customers
- Restaurants (take out and delivery services can remain open)
- Bars, pubs, and nightclubs
- Entertainment venues such as concert halls and theatres
- Personal services (barbershops, tattoo shops, hair, nail salons, etc.)
Any business that wasn’t ordered to close could remain open if it could adapt its services and workplace to fit within the orders and recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer. Please review the latest orders, notices and guidance from the Provincial Health Officer.
BC Restart Plan
Many non-essential businesses were allowed to re-open in mid-May as part of Phase 2 of the Government of B.C.'s four-phase BC Restart Plan to restart the economy.
The 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. Businesses intending to restart operations must create a COVID-19 Safety Plan.