As B.C. is successfully flattening the curve, many businesses are ready to get back to work.
The announcement, made Wednesday, is part of a four-phase plan to open things gradually.
“Restrictions of large gatherings are here to stay,” Horgan said. “Groups larger than 50 give the virus an opportunity to re-emerge.”
Here are the areas that will start to open back up by Mid-May:
- Medical related services like dentistry, physiotherapy, registered massage, chiropractors, physical therapy and speech therapy
- Hair salons and barbers
- In-person counselling
- Restaurants, cafes and pubs (with social distancing measures in place)
- Museums, art galleries and libraries
- Office-based worksites
- Recreation and sports
- Parks, beaches and outdoor spaces
- Transit services
- Child care
However, retailers must put several measures in place before they reopen their doors. Employers must:
- Add plexiglass barriers
- Open more checkout counters to reduce lineups
- Increase or continue online shopping
- Encourage customers to wear masks in stores
- Complete routine questions or screenings before customers enter
Businesses in B.C., like hair salons, have been working on their own additional measures to ensure safety.
The province’s modelling plan, which looks at reopening the economy, shows B.C. can boost social interactions to 30% of what they normally are, without compromising the healthcare system.
Once B.C. increases that to 60%, it will be in place for the next 12-18 months. This means wearing masks in public areas could be the new normal through 2021.
The province is currently under a State of Emergency until May 12th.
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