As the number of COVID-19 cases in BC continues to rise, we
RESTRICTIONS ON PRIVATE GATHERINGS
The provincial health order restricting gatherings in private homes in Fraser Health and Metro Vancouver areas to no more than immediate household members will remain in place until December 7th, and have also been made province-wide. Your household is defined as those you come into regular physical contact with, ie. “the people you spend the most time with and are physically close to.” This may vary depending on your personal situation, for example, parents from different physical houses may be included in the same one.
RESTRICTIONS ON PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
High-intensity indoor group physical exercise classes such as hot yoga, spinning and HIT, are banned until further notice. Less intense activities such as dance and regular yoga are allowed to now go ahead as long as they have adequate safety protocols, approved by the health authorities, in place.
Masks are now to be worn in all public indoor and retail locations, including common work spaces in offices., unless an individual is exempt from mask-wearing.
WORK PLACES REQUIRED TO CONDUCT COVID-19 SCREENINGS
Businesses must now use COVID-19 safety plans. In-person screening, maintaining physical distance and mask-wearing must be implemented. Where possible, offices are encourage to have employees work from home.
IN-PERSON FAITH SERVICES SUSPENDED
Faith services are to take place virtually for now.
ALL COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL EVENTS SUSPENDED
All events, even those under 50 people are also suspended for two weeks.
There are to be no spectators at any sports events. There should also be no travel outside of local communities for sport.
A second pharmaceutical company has announced that their experimental vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on data in their trials. Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has said that she is confident that every person in BC will have access to a vaccine this time next year.
RENT FREEZE IN PLACE
The rent freeze in BC that was initially brought in during March, to last until December, has been extended until July 2021. Tennants should disregard any rent increase notices received after March 30th, 2020.
NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL FREEZE RECOMMENDED
Although it has not been made mandatory, non-essential travel out of the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions is strongly recommended not to occur.
KEEP UP THE HYGIENE MEASURES
The best way to ensure a safe reopening of our society is to maintain the measures that have been emphasised since the outbreak of the virus. Keep washing your hands, covering coughs and maintaining physical distance.
Masks have been emphasised as a means of protecting those around you, rather than the wearer. They are advised for situations where physical distancing is not feasible, such as public transit, retail or personal services.
EMPLOYEES MUST STAY HOME WHEN SICK
"These industry outbreaks, the poultry outbreaks, are a warning to us that we don’t quite have that way of thinking within our industries … to ensure people aren’t coming in ill,"said Dr. Henry. We need to adjust our attitude within industry so that employees stay home when they are sick. This will be an essential adjustment as we move forward.
If you are sick, you should always stay home now. Do not go to work or school.
SEEK MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IF NEEDED
Health concerns regarding the current safety of hospitals and other medical facilities were also addressed.
"Do not be afraid to seek medical help if you need it," said Dr. Henry, "It is safe to go to hospital and to call 911. Do you not hesistate if you are in urgent need."
ADDITIONAL GOOD NEWS
To support seniors during this difficult time, the B.C. government is expanding its BC 211 helpline. Seniors in need can call and be matched with volunteers willing to help. If you are a senior or the family member of a senior who needs help getting groceries, getting medications and staying connected, call 211 or visit the website www.bc211.ca. They’ll try to match you up with a volunteer or some kind of service in your community.
THINGS ARE CHANGING DAILY. BE SURE TO FOLLOW OUR PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERSHIP UPDATES
We urge all British Columbians to listen to the province's daily COVID 19 emergency updates provided by Minister of Health Adrian Dix's and Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
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