To address rising COVID-19 case counts and keep workers and the public safe, the provincial health officer issued revised orders, which came into effect in December 2021. Since then, further adjustments have been made, based on the current situation in different industries. Below is a summary of the specific measures that are relevant to employers and workers in BC’s tourism and hospitality industry.
- COVID-19 safety plan requirements have been reinstated for all workplaces within BC, meaning that previous safety plans must once again be implemented or revived.
- Download go2HR’s updated COVID-19 safety plan template, which includes handy tips related to the tourism and hospitality industry and relevant resource links. This document is available in Microsoft Word format to make it easy for you to record the specifics of your individual operation.
- Our health and safety experts will review your safety plan and provide recommendations and targeted feedback to help you meet current requirements. When your updated plan is ready for review, upload it here.
Review the PHO Workplace Safety Order by clicking here.
Restaurants, Pubs, and Cafés (indoor and outdoor dining):
- Patrons must stay seated and cannot move between or visit other tables. Masks are required when not seated and a maximum of six people is permitted at each table.
- Patrons are permitted to use a self-serve food or drink station, lottery ticket dispenser, pay at a pay station, use washroom facilities, aid another person if in need of first aid, and play pub games such as billiards and darts.
- Dance floors must be closed with physical barriers or occupied with tables. Patrons must not dance on the premises.
- Businesses must scan proof of vaccination QR codes for entry (visual checks are not permitted).
- Physical distancing or barriers must be in place between tables.
- Physical distancing: there must be a distance of two metres between the backs of seats of patrons seated at different tables, even if they belong to the same party.
- Barriers: If there are physical barriers between tables, booths or seats at a counter, they must be positioned so that they block the transmission of droplets produced by breathing, talking, coughing or sneezing between patrons who are seated at adjacent tables, booths or seats at a counter. Review this resource to help you design and install effective barriers.
Bars, Nightclubs and Lounges:
- Bars, nightclubs and lounges that don’t offer full meal service are ordered to close. (Full meal service includes food provided by a caterer to the premises or from a food truck located beside or on the premises, but does not include snacks, appetizers or tapas on their own).
Review the PHO Food and Liquor Serving Premises Order by clicking here.
Gatherings and Events:
- Indoor organized gatherings of any size are not allowed. This includes gatherings such as sponsored or ticketed parties, banquets, wedding and funeral receptions, and other celebrations.
- Outdoor organized gatherings are limited to 50% capacity or a capacity of 5,000 (whichever is greater).
- An event held in a tent with one or more sides is an inside event. An event held in a tent without any sides is an outside event.
- All indoor events at venues such as concert halls, theatres, movie theatres and sports arenas are limited to 50% of the seated capacity, regardless of venue size. (This number excludes events staff).
- Fairs, festivals, and trade shows are limited to 50% capacity.
- Seating must be provided for all people at concerts, theatre, dance and symphony performances. Standing, dancing and mingling are not permitted.
- Proof of vaccination is required for all organized events regardless of capacity.
- Businesses must scan proof of vaccination QR codes for entry (visual checks are not permitted)
Review the PHO Gathering and Events Order by clicking here.
Other measures impacting tourism and hospitality businesses:
- Businesses are no longer allowed to visually verify BC Vaccine Cards in settings where proof of vaccination is required. Instead, they must scan the QR code to verify a person’s proof of vaccination. For more information on proof of vaccination requirements, click here.
- Indoor personal gatherings, including in rental and vacation properties, are limited to the household plus 10 individuals, or a maximum of one additional household, whichever is greater. All guests aged 12 and older are required to be fully vaccinated.
- Casinos can operate at 50% seated capacity, including gaming positions. Food and liquor services at casinos must follow the rules for food and liquor serving premises.
- Adult gyms, fitness centres and dance studios are now able to operate following specific the COVID-19 Guidance provided by the BCCDC.
- Public swimming pools can operate at a 50% capacity limit and must scan proof of vaccination QR codes. Hotel and apartment pools are exempt from capacity and proof of vaccination requirements.
Other helpful resources:
Find a list of COVID-19 Health and Safety Resources here.
For the latest information on the Government of BC’s Response Plan and current provincial and regional restrictions, click here.
For the latest Provincial Health Officer orders, click here.
go2HR is offering a complimentary review service of COVID-19 safety plans for BC employers in the tourism and hospitality industry. Click here to register and learn more.
BSAFE™ is a FREE online health and safety training program for individuals and businesses in BC’s tourism and hospitality industry. Instill confidence amongst the general public to stay, dine, or shop at your local business. The course has recently been updated to reflect the latest restrictions.
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