The B.C. government is 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.
What are the Four Phases?
- Phase 1 (mid-March to mid-May)
- Phase 2 (mid-May onwards) - CURRENT PHASE
- Phase 3 (June to September tentatively)
- Phase 4 (to be determined)
What is Required for BC to Advance to the Next Phase?
How quickly British Columbia advances through the Four Phases will be entirely based on the public health situation at that moment in time. The top priority throughout the process will be to ensure cases of COVID-19 do not spike, ensuring all our combined efforts and sacrifices are not squandered.
The Role of Businesses in Re-opening
For different industry sectors to move forward with reopening, they will be asked to develop enhanced protocols aligned with the Public Health and Safety Guidelines. A cross-ministry committee of deputy ministers will monitor the process and ensure overall alignment with the Public Health and Safety Guidelines and WorkSafeBC. The Provincial Health Officer will continue to provide input and advice as needed throughout the review process.
In some instances, this will require consideration by the Provincial Health Officer of lifting or modifying existing orders before certain businesses re-open. Businesses and organizations that are not covered by a Provincial Health Officer order may re-open or continue to operate but they will be expected to adopt and implement sector safety plans are they are finalized.