My staff are uncomfortable with eased safety measures, do I have to relax the safety protocols I have in place?
No. While many of the COVID-19 safety measures will no longer be required in Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan, business are able to determine their own approach to removing protocols based on their comfort level. Should you wish to be conservative in your approach to easing safety measures, it is your prerogative to do so.
How are most operators approaching mask use?
In Step 3, masks will no longer be mandatory but instead will be recommended. As such, it is up to each business to determine how they would like to approach mask requirements within their business. While there are a variety of approaches being taken, many businesses are opting to continue requiring their staff to wear masks, and recommending mask use among their guests.
Should we remove our barriers?
In Step 3, physical distancing barriers are no longer required for hotels. However, the provincial health officer issued a statement recommending that employers maintain some existing COVID-19 protocols that do not negatively impact business operations, so if employers have existing barriers in place that are not interfering with operations, they are advised to keep these in place for the time being.
Should we remove our signage promoting physical distancing?
As stated, the provincial health officer has issued a statement recommending that employers maintain some existing COVID-19 protocols that do not negatively impact business operations. If signage or directional arrows promoting physical distancing are effective in managing areas of congestion in your workplace, and if they do not negatively impact business operations, it is recommended that you keep these in place until this recommendation from the PHO is revised or removed.
What are current protocols surrounding indoor and outdoor pools?
Restrictions on pool deck capacity both indoors and outdoors have been relaxed. At this stage, pool operations can resume to pre-pandemic levels. If you are keen to take a cautious approach, you may wish to continue to promote reduced social contact through signage, encourage mask use, or cap occupancy levels.
What are current protocols surrounding spa operations?
Mask use is optional but recommended in spas. You may choose to continue asking your staff to wear masks and keep your physical distancing measures and barriers in place.
What are current protocols surrounding gyms?
As outlined by the BC Restart Plan, ‘gyms and recreation facilities can operate at normal capacity’. Again, mask use is recommended but not required and you can determine your own measures for this.