Hotel Industry Update
Dear Hospitality Community,

Over the past two weeks, we have worked closely with industry partners across the province, publishing our protocols and best practices document aimed to support you and your business, while ensuring a smooth and safe transition. Thank you to those that joined our webinar yesterday, co-hosted by go2HR, as we presented these guidelines and answered any questions you had about next steps for operations.

This week, Premier John Horgan announced the extension of B.C.'s state of emergency by a minimum of two additional weeks, pushing phase three of BC's Restart Plan to a later date. As an industry, we are extremely disappointed with this postponement.

At this time, it is integral that we both prepare and implement evolved protocols, in-line with health and safety recommendations, to ensure both guest and employee well-being. We also need to provide proper training for our staff as we transition to these new operating standards. Throughout our province, it is important we do everything required to ensure we are ready to open our doors and begin to safely welcome guests.

Best Regards,
Ingrid Jarrett
President & CEO
BC Hotel Association 
BCHA Press Release
Earlier this week we distributed a press release focusing on the critical support required to re-open the backbone of the BC Economy.
Ecolab: Resuming Operations Cleaning and Disinfecting Guide
In these unprecedented times, many businesses that previously suspended operations partially or fully to comply with government regulation or due to operational disruption are in the process of reopening. Ecolab has created a guide to help you safely clean and disinfect your property as part of your reopening process. Read More Here
BCHA Best Practices Webinar
Thank you for joining us yesterday for BCHA webinar, co-hosted by go2HR, on best practices and protocols for reopening. A video of the webinar as well as answers from our open forum Q&A section will be available early next week. To read more about best practices click here .
BCHA has recently teamed with numerous education partners to offer BCHA members and hospitality professionals access and discounts to courses relevant to continued growth and learning within the hospitality industry.

The following courses are taking place soon:

Royal Roads

Kennedy Training Network

C lick here to sign up for any of the upcoming courses or webinars or learn more about all the education BCHA has to offer.
Tourism Richmond Survey
In February, the tourism industry in Richmond was heavily affected as international border closures and the suspension of nonessential travel were announced. Richmond’s economy has been significantly and severely impacted by the closures of Vancouver International Airport. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey, which will inform our recovery planning for Tourism Richmond. For those who complete the survey, you’ll have the opportunity to win a $50 McArthurGlen Designer Outlet gift card.
Beware of Covid-19 Certifications
Private companies are now creating certifications that declare a property "COVID-19 Safe." Neither the BC Hotel Association nor the Government of British Columbia has endorsed these programs. The BCHA encourages hotels to disregard these until you have had ample opportunity to investigate the fees and qualifications of any organization offering certification. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to