BC’s Restart Plan

May 6, 2020: The Government of BC released BC’s Restart Plan, guidelines on the re-opening of the economy and the loosening of certain COVID-19 restrictions. Highlights of the re-opening plan and the timeline for the opening of restrictions are listed below.

BC’s Framework for Re-Opening and Repealing COVID Restrictions 

  • Phase 1
    • We are currently in Phase 1
  • Phase 2
    • Target date: Mid May (after the May long weekend)
    • This next phase of repealing COVID restrictions will begin, and will allow for:
      • small social gatherings;
      • a resumption of elective surgeries and regulated health services like physiotherapy, dentistry, chiropractors and in-person counselling;
      • provincial parks open for day use;
      • opening more non-essential businesses in keeping with safe operations plans such as:
        • restaurants, hair salons, pubs, dentists, counselors, chiropractors, physiotherapists
        • sectors ordered closed will have to have approved re-opening plans
        • sectors not ordered closed can continue to open provided they operate safely as per the below guidelines
  • Phase 3
    • Target date: June to September, 2020
    • This next phase will allow for more regular operations of:
      • Film/TV productions
      • Personal care services and non-medical massage
      • Hotels
  • Phase 4
    • Target date:  Not until widespread vaccine use, broad community immunity, or effective COVID-19 treatments are in place
      • This phase will then allow for the resumption of concerts, large public gatherings, and conventions