A quick look at British Columbia’s COVID-19 reopening plan

A quick look at British Columbia’s COVID-19 reopening plan

VICTORIA — The B.C. government has outlined its plan to reopen the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic under guidelines aimed at controlling the spread of the virus. Here is a list services that will be allowed to reopen and when:


— Restoration of health services including elective surgeries, dentistry, physiotherapy, registered massage therapy, chiropractors, physical therapy and speech therapy.

— The retail sector.

— Hair salons, barbers and other personal service establishments.

— In-person counselling.

— Restaurants, cafes, pubs, as long as there is sufficient distancing measures.

— Museums, art galleries, libraries.

— Office-based worksites.

— Recreation and sports.

— Parks, beaches and outdoor spaces.

— Transit services.

— Child care.


— Hotels and resorts

— Some overnight camping will be allowed in parks.

— Film industry, beginning with domestic productions, in June and July.


— Movies and symphony, but not large concerts.


— Post-secondary education, with a mix of online and in-class. 

— Kindergarten to Grade 12.

To Be Determined:

— Night clubs, casinos and bars.

— Restrictions on large gatherings of 50 or more will remain in place.

— Conventions and professional sports and concerts with live audiences. 

— International tourism.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2020.

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