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  • Writer's pictureMaryAnn Anderson

Restart BC Plan

Getting 'back' to the (new) normal & what that means for BC arts & culture community...

BC’s Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.

Phase 2: Mid-May onwards

Under enhanced protocols:

  • Restoration of health services

    • Re-scheduling elective surgery

  • Medically related services:

    • 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

Phase 3: June to September

If transmission rates remain low or in decline, under enhanced protocols:

  • Hotels and Resorts (June 2020)

  • Parks – broader reopening, including some overnight camping (June 2020)

  • Film industry – beginning with domestic productions (June/July 2020)

  • Select entertainment – movies and symphony, but not large concerts (July 2020)

  • Post-secondary education – with mix of online and in-class (September 2020)

  • K-12 education – with only a partial return this school year (September 2020)

Phase 4: To be determined

Conditional on at least one of the following; wide vaccination, “community” immunity, broad successful treatments:

  • Activities requiring large gatherings, such as:

    • Conventions

    • Live audience professional sports

    • Concerts

  • International tourism

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