COVID-19 Reference Guide

COVID 19, coronavirus, hand, hand washing,

BC Restart Plan is currently in Phase 3 of 4.  

Physical Distancing

The guidelines and extra safety precautions for Phase 2 are still in place, including:

  • Physical distancing - gathering in small groups of no more than six people is permitted, but continue to maintain physical distance between households
  • No gatherings larger than 50 people
  • Maintain 2-metre distance from others - even when in small gatherings
  • Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor gatherings
  • Stay home as much as possible; do not visit with friends and family
  • Go outside for fresh air and exercise, but maintain distance from others
  • Self-isolate if you are sick, even with symptoms other than COVID-19
  • Violations of Public Health Orders can carry fines of over $25,000 or jail time

Emergency Status

⛔️ Public Health Emergency declared, effective March 17, 2020.
⛔️ Provincial State of Emergency declared, effective March 18, 2020.
⛔️ Provincial State of Emergency extended to July 7, 2020


Official Information Sources

This is a regularly evolving situation, with changes on a day-by-day and even hour-by-hour basis. Thus, please take note of the following links so that you can stay up to date:

Official Health Information on COVID-19
Be cautious of information you read about the virus online. Stick with reputable sites such as:

Travel Advisories & Border Control
Travel advisories and border control directives are issued by the Government of Canada. Visit Travel Advisories to see the latest advice on travel.

On March 25, 2020, the federal government implemented a self-isolation plan for returning international travellers on select flights under the Quarantine Act. Maximum penalties for breaking self-isolation orders include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months.

Effective April 8, 2020, all international travellers returning to B.C. are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days and complete a self-isolation plan. Self-isolation plans must be reviewed by provincial government officials before travellers can return home. Enhanced quarantine compliance procedures in place for travellers entering the country.

  1. Health
  2. Employment & Income Assistance
  3. Housing
  • Scheduling for elective surgeries and procedures has restarted. Massive surgical renewal plan to clear COVID-19 backlog in the next 17-24 months in place.
  • Only essential visits allowed to Island Health facilities
  • Choose virtual health care services whenever available, physicians will be compensated
  • Self-assessment tool and support app
  • Physician notes are NOT required for prescription refills by pharmacists
  • Dentists should be providing emergency services only at this time. Services available from other regulated health care professionals (RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, etc) may also be limited at this time.
  • MSP coverage wait times are waived for those who have been out of province and returned
  • Safe prescription alternatives to the illegal drug supply available to people who use substances.
  • Island Health has activated a donations portal for residents who wish to donate products or services
  1. Seniors & Students
  2. Children & Families
  3. Recreation & Outdoors
  1. Retail & Service
  2. Business
  3. Agriculture & Food
  4. Transportation

The following remain:closed throughout BC:

  • Liquor-primary establishments that do not serve meals (i.e. nightclubs)
  • Casinos remain closed