COVID-19: BC's Restart Plan and What It Means to You

BC Restart Plan - COVID-19

Updated on July 5, 2020

Visit CPTBC's website to find out what BC's Restart Plan Step 3 means for your workplace.

As COVID-19 vaccinations have become widely available to British Columbians and COVID-19 case counts are continuing to decline, BC is safely moving to Step 3 of its four-step restart plan on July 1, 2021. During Step 3 of the restart plan, BC’s public health emergency will remain in effect with reduced requirements to support amended public health orders from the provincial health officer (PHO).

Some of the updates are outlined below.

Updated Mask Guidance

  • Wearing a mask is recommended in public indoor settings for all people (12 and older) not yet fully vaccinated and/or if with others we do not know.
  • The mask mandate order under the Emergency Program Act will be lifted July 1 and no proof of vaccination will be needed.

You may choose to continue to wear a mask. Go at your own pace and do what feels comfortable to you.

Employers will no longer be required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan but must transition to Communicable Disease Plans using the communicable disease prevention guide from WorkSafeBC attached below. The guide supports employers in developing a Communicable Disease Plan, which may be supported by policies, signage, or other materials as appropriate to the workplace and the level of risk.

Communicable Disease Plans should include:

  • Continued hand washing
  • Good personal hygiene
  • Good ventilation
  • Ask workers to stay home when sick

Higher-risk workplaces such as the health sector will be required to keep additional safety precautions like mask-wearing and barriers. Access the latest Communiqué from the Ministry of Health on Mask Use in Health Care Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic (June 18, 2021) below: