1) BC’s Phased Opening

Since Mid-March, British Columbians have played a vital role in helping to flatten the curve and prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Today, the B.C. government outlined the first in a series of steps we will take together to protect people, re-open businesses and ensure our province comes back from COVID-19 stronger than before.


Phase 1 (Our Current Phase)

Essential Services Operating During COVID-19:

  • Essential health and health services
  • Law enforcement, public safety, first responders and emergency response personnel
  • Vulnerable population service providers
  • Critical infrastructure
  • Food and agriculture service providers
  • Transportation
  • Industry and manufacturing
  • Sanitation
  • Communications and information technology
  • Financial institutions
  • Other non-health essential service providers

To help these businesses and other organizations get back on their feet, industries need to incorporate workplace practices that ensure British Columbians feel safe, whether they are returning to work, or visiting as a customer.


Phase 2 (Mid-May Onward)

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 lease 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


View the B.C. Restart Plan

For more information visit https://covid.smallbusinessbc.ca