BC’s Restart Plan
As of August 23, 2021 83.2% of people over 12 years old in BC have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 74.9% of people over 12 years old have received their second dose. We are working through the BC governments four-step plan for a careful and safe restart — focused on protecting people and safely getting life back to normal.
We are currently in step 3, with the possibility of moving to step 4 at earliest on September 7 — Moving through the steps depends on achieving target rates of vaccination, and stable or declining rates of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
See full details about BC’s Restart Plan here.
BC’s Vaccine Card Program
By order of the PHO, proof of vaccination will be required to access some events, services and businesses. Starting September 13, you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated.
The requirement applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+) and covers:
- Indoor ticketed concerts, theatre, dance, symphony and sporting events
- Indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, pubs and bars
- Nightclubs and casinos
- Movie theatres
- Gyms, pools and recreation facilities
- Does not include youth recreational sport
- Indoor high intensity group exercise
- Indoor organized gatherings like weddings, parties, conferences, meetings and workshops
- Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities like pottery and art
- Does not include K to 12 school and before and after school programs
- Post-secondary on-campus student housing. Note: Students must be partially vaccinated by September 7
Events, businesses and services will ask to see proof of vaccination and valid government ID. BC residents will be able to access proof of vaccination using the B.C. vaccine card website; the secure website is now available and provides confidential access to proof of vaccination; a secure paper option is also available.
The requirement is in place until January 31, 2022, subject to extension. Learn more and access Small Business BC’s Vaccine Card Guide for Businesses here.
Online Business Resiliency Program
To help invest in the health and sustainability of the local business community, the Sunshine Coast Credit Union has partnered with accelerator firm Spring and purchased their resiliency program on behalf of all businesses on the Coast. Reassess and reset based on new market expectations. Learn more and enrol today.
Building your Business Recovery Plan
Businesses are trying to navigate the “new” normal and you may be thinking about the best way for your business to move forward this summer. Several organizations and partnerships have been formed to help you design a business recovery plan focused on adaptation, innovation and stepping more fully into digital and online sales channels.
If you are working on your business recovery plan (getting ready to re-open your offices, pivoting your business model, moving into the digital era or selling your business) Community Futures Sunshine Coast can offer free advisory services and confidential one-on-one support.
For more information, visit https://www.communityfutures.org/covid19/.
If you are a member of either the Sechelt & District Chamber of Commerce, or the Gibsons & District Chamber of Commerce, contact your local board members directly to set up a one-on-one business counselling session and get help with your recovery business plan.
Visit www.secheltchamber.bc.ca or https://www.gibsonschamber.com/info-links/covid-19/ for more information.
Current Travel Restrictions
As of July 1, the Province Wide Travel Ban has been lifted and recreational travel within B.C. and throughout Canada is allowed. This includes travel for:
- Vacations, weekend getaways and tourism activities
- Visiting family or friends for social reasons
- Recreation activities
See full details about the latest BC Provincial Health Orders here.