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Virus guidelines for reopening businesses coming in days: Horgan - BC News - Castanet.net
Stores, restaurants and medical service providers looking to reopen after the Victoria Day long weekend will have to wait a few more days before they have definitive guidelines from the B.C. government.
Stores, restaurants and medical service providers looking to reopen after the Victoria Day long weekend will have to wait a few more days before they have definitive guidelines from the B.C. government. During a press conference Wednesday, Premier John Horgan stressed the beginning of B.C.'s Phase 2 reopening plan next week will not be a “flick of a switch.” “That does not mean that every hair stylist, every restaurant, every massage, physio, or chiropractic service will be open on a particular day, it's when we start that process,” Horgan said . “WorksafeBC and the public health office will have guidelines later in the week, or perhaps even into early next week. I don't want to press them to do an unsatisfactory job, they've been working on this for a number of weeks now, and we can expect to see those guidelines within the next few days.” These industry-specific guidelines will help individual businesses develop their own plans to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 amongst their staff and customers. While each business won't need to have their plan approved by the government, the plans must be posted publicly. Horgan said the guidelines that will govern these plans have not been released yet, because “we want to make sure we get it right.” “Worksafe and public health officials are finalizing the details on the guidelines for regulated medical services, for example,” he said. “For those practitioners who are awaiting those guidelines, I think they can take some fairly educated guesses on how they can protect their patients, how they can protect hygienists and other dental assistants, to put in place the parameters that make them comfortable as healthcare providers to deliver that service.” Horgan reiterated that B.C. is not “going back to normal” next week. “I don't think people should expect that come next Tuesday, everything is going to be back to the way it was,” he said. “We're going to start the process to bring back industries that were ordered shut by Dr. Henry, and she'll be revising her orders at the appropriate time,” Horgan said.