Restaurants and businesses are reopening their doors, but that’s just the beginning of B.C.’s Restart Plan.
In May, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced that the province would lift some quarantine restrictions as the number of cases have begun to fall.
“BC’s Restart Plan is the first in a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before,” states the B.C. Government website.
Now Phase 3 is well on its way, as the government lifts more restrictions for June.
If you’re wondering what that means, here’s what you can expect to reopen:
- Hotels and resorts will begin to reopen in June as soon as Phase 3 begins
- Parks are starting to reopen – that includes playgrounds (opening June 1st) and overnight camping areas. On June 22nd, Vancouver also announced the opening of pools and spray parks. This follows Surrey’s lead to do so in prior weeks.
- The film industry will start to resurge, with Hollywood already given the green light for productions this summer
- Select entertainment – movie theatres including the Rio, Cineplex and the symphony will reopen by July, but not large concerts
- Post-secondary education will return with a mix of online and in-class learning by September
- Schools for K-12 will return to normal in September, while classes are part-time and voluntary in June
Phase 3 of the B.C. Restart Plan is going from June-September, while Phase 4 is to be determined. In between, don’t be surprised to see closed businesses get creative. For example, one Vancouver nightclub found a way to repurpose its space and open early.
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BC’s restart will be a careful, step-by-step process to make sure our combined efforts and sacrifices are not squandered. Some restrictions will be in place for a while. But some things will become a little easier, starting mid-May. But to keep moving forward, it’s going to take all of us – people, businesses and organizations – staying vigilant and following BC’s enhanced protocols, like cleaning more often and making spaces safer. Let’s all do our part as we move forward, together. Learn more about BC’s Restart Plan: www.gov.bc.ca/restartBC #COVIDBC #DoYourPartBC #BritishColumbia #ProvinceofBC
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