Details of Phase 2 of the B.C. Restart Plan.
We have now moved into Phase 3 of BC's Restart Plan. Phase 2 allowed for the careful reopening of further sectors of our provincial economy with enhanced health and safety protocols in place.
Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has lifted the temporary restrictions on in-person dining and drinks service, allowing bars and restaurants to reopen subject to conditions.
Industries Allowed to Re-open in Phase 2
- Restoration of health services
- Re-scheduling of elective surgery
- Dentistry, physiotherapy, registered massage therapy, and chiropractors
- Physical therapy, speech therapy, and similar services
- Retail sector
- Hair salons, barbers, and other personal service establishments
- In-person counselling
- Restaurants, cafes, and pubs (with sufficient distancing measures)
- Museums, art galleries, and libraries
- Office-based worksites
- Recreation and sports
- Parks, beaches, and outdoor spaces
- Child care
What Must be Done to Re-open
Industry sectors closed during Phase 1, and mentioned in the list above, must ensure they are in compliance with orders from the provincial health officer and in accordance with the requirements and guidance provided by WorkSafeBC.
Employers preparing to resume operations must develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan to reopen safely, which includes assessing the risk of COVID-19 transmission in their workplace, and developing measures to reduce these risks. This plan must be posted in the workplace.
WorkSafeBC is currently working with industry stakeholders to prepare industry-specific protocols that can be used by employers to help develop their individual plan.