PHASE 3 REOPENING – July 2021

Earlier this month it was announced that BC would be entering Phase 3 of the provincial restart plan. In phase 3, the Public Health Officer has released new guidance for workplaces, employers and the public at-large, including restrictions on events, concerts and gatherings being lifted.

In Step 3 of the Restart plan, employers are no longer required to maintain a COVID-19 Safety Plan, and can instead transition to communicable disease prevention. To learn more, see the statement issued by the provincial health officer on June 17 to employers on transitioning from COVID-19 Safety Plans to communicable disease prevention.

NEW GUIDANCE FOR EVENT ORGANIZERS

As B.C. moves into Step 3 of the provincial restart plan, organized events can be held with the following limitations:

Organized indoor seated events can be held with a maximum of 50 people or up to 50% of the venue’s total capacity, whichever is greater.

Indoor walk-through fairs and festivals including trade shows can be held at 100% venue capacity.

Organized outdoor seated gatherings can be held with a maximum of 5,000 people or up to 50% of the venue’s capacity, whichever is greater.

Outdoor walk-through fairs and festivals like community fairs can be held at 100% venue capacity.

RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS & WORKPLACES

WorkSafe BC has published a detailed guide to inform businesses of the new guidelines during Phase 3 and beyond. This guide provides information for employers to develop a communicable disease plan. An effective plan includes general measures to reduce the risk of communicable disease and additional measures for when there is an elevated risk of communicable disease. It is not meant for employers who have an existing exposure control plan related to communicable disease, such as health care employers.

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We would like to invite members of the BC music community to reach out by email if they have any questions or concerns on the return of Music BC programs that were affected by COVID-19 and the public health orders through the past year.

At this time, we ask that any questions or concerns please be directed to info@musicbc.org

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MUSIC INDUSTRY RESOURCES & INFORMATION

Amplify BC:

https://www.creativebc.com/about-us/news/covid-19/music#faqs

FACTOR Canada:

www.factor.ca/covid-19-update-cancellation-policy

Canada Council for the Arts:

Watch this space for updates on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is affecting their programs and services: Important Information related to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 INFORMATION

PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

COVID-19 Updates: Provincial Tax & Revenue Changes:

The B.C. government is bringing financial relief for people and businesses as we address the effects of COVID-19.

BC COVID-19 Provincial Information Landing Page:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support

COVID-19 BC Support App and Self-Assessment Tool: https://bc.thrive.health/

The BC Emergency Benefit for Workers provides a one-time $1,000 payment for people who lost income. Learn more here.

WorkSafeBC: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates

For business: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/employers-businesses

For the public: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

B.C. Government: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0086-000499

City of Vancouver: https://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/covid-19-coronavirus-within-vancouver.aspx

Metro Vancouver: http://www.metrovancouver.org/

City of Surrey: https://www.surrey.ca/city-government/30805.aspx

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator – For Employers

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy/cews-calculate-subsidy-amount.html

Canada’s Economic Response Plan to COVID-19:
https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): Learn More

Read more about the new Canadian Indigenous Community Support Fund.

For businesses and companies, learn more about the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program here.