As BC continues to move through its phased Restart Plan, we will update this post with additional resources and further information, as they become available.
Last Updated October 13 at 3:30 p.m. PDT
WorkSafeBC has released several guides outlining how sectors should safely return to operations as we move through BC's Restart Plan. The guides provide information on developing a COVID-19 safety plan and understanding the risks; they also outline specific protocols for each sector. Associations within the various sectors have also been providing resources to assist their members with reopening, which are also outlined below.
WorkSafeBC notes: "Employers must also ensure they are abiding by any orders, notices, or guidance issued by the Provincial Health Officer, and the appropriate health authority, that are relevant to their workplace."
Orders of the Provincial Health Officer:
- October 9: Gatherings and Events (replaces previous order from September 18)
- October 9: Food and Liquor Serving Premises (replaces previous order from September 18)
- British Columbia Ministry of Health: Tools and strategies for safer operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- BC Centre for Disease Control: Contact tracing
- WorkSafeBC has a general guide to reducing risk. They have also created a six-step process, complete with a fillable PDF, that businesses can use to develop their safety plans, which you can learn more about and download here. As they reopen or resume operations, businesses are required to post their completed safety plans for employees and customers to review.
- Click here for more information on BC’s Restart Plan.
- Click here to review the BC COVID-19 Go-Forward Management Strategy, which includes further information on managing transmission.
- WorkSafe BC sector guide for accommodations
- BC Centre for Disease Control / BC Ministry of Health: Guidance for BC’s Hotel Sector to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission - July 9
- British Columbia Hotel Association: Recovery Resource Guide
- Government of BC Press Release: Review of recall rights in BC's hotel sector
Arts & Culture
Meetings & Events
- BC Meetings & Events COVID-19 Safe Restart Guidelines
Gyms & Fitness Centres
- WorkSafeBC sector guide for gyms and fitness centres
- WorkSafeBC sector guide for offices
Parks, Camping & Tourism
- WorkSafeBC sector guide for parks, camping, and tourism
- WorkSafeBC sector guide for performing arts
- WorkSafeBC sector guide for personal services
Restaurants, cafés, pubs, and nightclubs
- WorkSafe BC sector guide for restaurants, cafes, pubs, and nightclubs
- British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association Resources (BCRFA): Reopening Resources
Ski Area Operations
- Ski Well, Be Well: Ski Area Operating Best Practices
Sports & Recreation
- WorkSafeBC sector guide for sports and recreation
- BC Wine Institute: Ready to Reopen toolkit
Click here for additional resources available from WorkSafeBC.
Tourism-related businesses who have questions about the outlined guidelines, or about the government supports available to businesses, can register for the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Resiliency Program. Delivered by the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, this program provides one-on-one support to tourism businesses in the region.
Our Visitor Experience team is providing service at the Kelowna Visitor Centre daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. while continuing to answer questions from visitors and locals by phone and through various online communication channels. If you have any business updates we should be aware of, please email us at email@example.com. Click here to learn more about the four-staged re-opening plan for the Kelowna Visitor Centre.