Below are additional resources for businesses and communities seeking information on guidelines for operating, as well as some upcoming webinars related to BCs Restart Plan and the WorkSafe BC Guidelines.
Below is an overview from the WorkSafe BCs website and from todays press release:
Today WorkSafeBC released industry-specific guidelines and resources for the following sectors:
restaurants, cafes and pubs
salons and personal services
museums, art galleries and libraries, real estate
parks and outdoor spaces and
Businesses in all sectors are required to use these guidelines and resources to develop their COVID-19 safety plans and post those plans for employees and customers as they resume operations.
Businesses in sectors under health orders limiting service (such as restaurants, pubs, salons and personal services) will not be able to open until those orders are lifted or modified.
WorkSafe BC has a Prevention Information line 1.888.621.7233 (1.888.621.SAFE). This number can be shared with businesses who have additional questions about developing their plan and what is expected of them. There is a general line that questions can be sent to as well email@example.com but for specifics related to plan development the phone number is preferred. WorkSafe staff are not approving plans but can assist businesses.
When putting together plans to control the risk of exposure in the workplace use the hierarchy of controls (ordered from the most to least effective).
Eliminate Risk (e.g. work from home)
Engineer spaces (e.g. plexiglass barriers)
Administration (e.g. policies and workplace procedures around cleaning & disinfecting)
Personal Protective Equipment (e.g. masks, gloves etc.)
Businesses should also contact their Industry Associations for specific resources. All guidance is coming from the foundational elements published by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO): https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
Some Upcoming Webinars
As BC moves through the phases of the BCs Restart Plan the economy, Small Business BC is pivoting the Digital Meetups to more industry specific topics and reopen planning topics. These are Tues-Thurs at 11:00AM. Please visit sbbc.co/digital-meetup to register and see details. If you have any specific topics you'd like covered, please send to Ruby Wang firstname.lastname@example.org
The topics coming up for next week are:
May 19: Understanding BC’s Reopen Plan – Your Questions Answered. DYLAN HRYCYSHEN, SBBC Business Planning Advisor and our Covid-19 Support Service Lead, on clarification of BC's reopening plan and how it affects you.
May 21: Employment Grant Opportunities for Your Tech Business. Innovate BC and New Ventures BC on grant opportunities for your business. We will be going over grant programs available and eligibility.
Thank you to Bridget Horel for all the ongoing support and information provided!