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.
Current Phase Status: We are in Phase 3
Phase 3 will enable people to take part in smart and safe travel within B.C. Businesses that can open during phase 3 include:
- Hotels and resorts
- Motion picture and TV production industry – beginning with domestic productions (June/July 2020)
In the meantime, we should all still be following health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including practising physical distancing, good hygiene, and other little things that make a big difference.
What are the Four Phases?
- Phase 1 (mid-March to mid-May)
- Phase 2 (mid-May onwards)
- Phase 3 (June onwards) - CURRENT PHASE
- 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.
We move between phases on the basis of:
- Effectiveness of intervention measures in British Columbia and elsewhere
- New scientific knowledge about COVID-19
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.
- 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
Back to Business
Small Business BC is committed to helping business owners reopen in a safe and successful manner. Our Back to Business campaign features specific advice and guidance in the following areas:
Visit our Back to Business resource page