BCEDA Economic Restart & Resiliency Bulletin: Breaking News January 18, 2022
Update to Provincial Restrictions | January 18, 2022
More information and resources for businesses and communities is available at https://bceda.ca/covid19.php
Exercise and Fitness
Starting January 20, adult indoor individual and group fitness or exercise activities are allowed with increased safety protocols and capacity limits, including:
- 7 square metres of space between workout machines or people in a group class
- Masks worn at all times, except when actively exercising. We strongly encourage people wear a mask even when exercising
- Pre-bookings for drop-in individual fitness where operationally possible
Until January 19 at 11:59 pm, adult indoor individual and group fitness or exercise activities are not allowed. For example:
- Working out at a gym. Gyms at hotels and apartments can stay open
- Participating in low or high intensity group exercise or fitness classes, including yoga, barre, CrossFit, High Intensity
- Interval Training (HIIT) and weight training
- Participating in dance classes at a dance studio
- Programs specifically for children and youth are allowed.
Other restrictions including indoor venue capacity and restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs remain in place.
Provincial and Regional Restrictions »
Tourism Accommodation and Commercial Recreation Relief Fund
January 14, 2022
B.C. is providing funding to help offset certain fixed costs for large accommodation providers and tourism-based commercial recreation businesses operating on Crown land or in BC Parks.
The Tourism Accommodation and Commercial Recreation Relief Fund responds to the Tourism Task Force’s recommendation to provide relief from fixed costs like property taxes, BC Hydro fees and Crown tenure and park permit fees.
One-time grants to offset certain fixed costs are available for:
- Large accommodation providers
Tourism-based commercial recreation businesses operating on Crown land or in BC Parks
To be eligible for this grant, businesses must:
- Be majority-owned by one or more B.C. residents
- Not owe any tax payments from before the 2020 tax year
- Not have permanently ceased operations
- Businesses that are seasonal or temporarily closed are eligible
Funding will be awarded in 3 streams:
- Property tax relief for large accommodation providers
- BC Hydro cost relief for Indigenous-owned large accommodation providers operating on reserve
- Relief of fees for rent under Land Act Tenures or Park Use Permits for tourism-based commercial recreation operators
Safe Screen BC
Organized in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), Safe Screen B.C. will guide businesses through the required application process for provincially available test-kits and support businesses in the set-up of onsite rapid workplace screening programs for employees.