COVID-19 — What You Need to Know: May 6
- 23 new positive cases since May 5
- 2,255 total positive cases in B.C.
- 74 people are currently in hospital, 19 are in ICU
- 3 new deaths for a total of 124
- 1,494 have fully recovered
Recent Government Announcements:
- Prime Minister Trudeau announced today that the Federal Government will be putting together financial aid for seniors impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, namely an increased cost of living
- The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has announced that they do not expect housing prices to bounce back from the recession until 2022
- Authorities across the country have collected over $5.8 million in fines related to physical distancing violations
- Premier John Horgan, Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry released the B.C. Restart Plan today
- Note: If your industry was not mentioned in the update, be sure to read the full B.C. Restart Plan to find how your industry will be effected
- Key points were:
- We are approaching the end of phase 1 and the beginning of phase 2, which officially begins Mid-May
- Some businesses may then open with expanded protocols, including:
- Restaurants, cafes and pubs
- Hair salons and barbers/other personal service establishments
- Office-based worksites (although, they encourage working from home as much as possible)
- Retail stores
- Child care
- Small gatherings of up to 6 people will be permitted as part of B.C.'s "new normal"
- The B.C. border will continue to only be open to essential service and the mandatory 14 day quarantine will remain in place for those entering from outside of the country
- Travel is discouraged unless necessary; although people are not forbidden from going to their second properties, it might be better to go later in the summer, when we are approaching phase 3 of the B.C. Restart Plan
- Hotels and resorts, a broader reopening of B.C. parks, as well as some aspects of the film industry could be back as early as June
- Select entertainment could restart in July
- Large concerts, festivals or sporting events, such as Canucks games, will not be in attendance until there is a vaccine
As part of B.C.'s Restart Plan, the Province released the above model to help employers and public institutions understand the factors that increase risk of transmission.
- Information for Employers on next steps is provided by WorkSafeBC
- Information on the re-opening of B.C.'s parks and schools is available here
The New York Times, who are offering COVID-19 related content for free during the pandemic, have released an insightful interactive highlighting the transmission risks in various popular spaces. Click here to discover the risks of attending the gym versus a coffee shop.
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