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Face Masks in British Columbia Courthouses

Updated

Effective November 9, 2020, all people attending courthouses in BC are strongly encouraged to wear masks while inside a courthouse. For more detail, see the joint announcement from the chief judge and justices of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court, and Court of Appeal here.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Fraser Health COVID-19 Update: Surrey and Abbotsford Courthouses to Remain Open

    Date:
    November 30, 2020

    Fraser Health was involved in cases of COVID-19 among staff of the BC Sheriff Services at the Surrey Courthouse. All cases have been interviewed and close contacts have been directly notified and required to self-isolate. There is no clear evidence of transmission of COVID-19 at the Surrey Courthouse. In light of the information from Fraser Health, the Surrey Provincial Court will be open.

    Fraser Health has confirmed there is no outbreak at the Abbotsford Courthouse. Contact tracing is complete and all close contacts have been directly notified and required to self-isolate. Self-monitoring letters have been issued to all staff in the BC Sheriff Service department at the Abbotsford Courthouse. Fraser Health is confident that the situation has been managed appropriately and that all measures have been taken to ensure that transmission is controlled. The Abbotsford Provincial Court will also be open.

    To read more about this update, see the November 29, 2020 announcement.

  • Masks Mandatory in all BC Courthouses

    Date:
    November 25, 2020

    Effective immediately, people attending courthouses in British Columbia are required to wear a face mask or face covering, including in entrances, lobbies, waiting areas, registries, hallways, stairways, restrooms and elevators. In addition, people are required to wear a face mask or face covering in courtrooms unless the presiding judge, justice, master or registrar directs otherwise. 

    For more information on court-specific procedures, see the November 24th announcement.

     

  • Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Launched Today

    Date:
    November 23, 2020

    Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021.

    This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords.

    If you are eligible for the base subsidy, you may also be eligible for lockdown support if your business location is significantly affected by a public health order for a week or more.

    See the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy to learn more and/or apply.

  • NEW Province-wide Restrictions & Indoor Mask Requirement

    Date:
    November 20, 2020

    On Thursday November 19, 2020, the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) instructed all individuals, places of work and businesses in BC to significantly reduce their level of social interactions and travel. The order is in effect from November 19, 2020 at midnight to December 7, 2020 at midnight.

    Masks are now required for everyone in all public indoor settings and workplaces. People who cannot put on or remove a mask on their own are exempt. Employers are expected to enforce the mandatory mask policy with both employees and customers, and a customer can be refused entry or service if they do not wear a mask

    The new restrictions are as follows:

    • No social gatherings of any size with anyone other than your household or core bubble. This means no in-home or outdoor gatherings and playdates.
    • All events and community-based gatherings as defined in the PHO order – Gatherings and Events (PDF) are suspended. 
    • Funerals, weddings and baptisms may proceed with a limited number of people and a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. You can have a maximum of 10 people attend, including the officiant.
    • Party-buses and group limousines can not operate in any region.
    • In-person religious gatherings and worship services are suspended under the order.
    • Employers must make every effort to provide work from home options.  
    • At this time, all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of BC and between regions of the province.
    • Businesses, recreation centres or other organizations that organize or operate high risk indoor group physical activities must suspend the following activities: spin classes, hot yoga and high intensity interval training (HIIT).

    The order does not impact restaurants and bars. Restaurants and bars can continue to operate as long as they have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and employee protocols in place. You should only visit a restaurant with people in your household or core bubble. A maximum of six people are allowed at a table. 

    Under the Government’s Emergency Program Act, some orders can be enforced by police or other compliance and enforcement officials. People who don't follow these orders could be fined.

    For more information, see the full province-wide restrictions HERE.

     

  • Rent freeze extended, pending increases cancelled

    Date:
    November 9, 2020

    Rent increases set to happen on or after December 1, 2020 are canceled until July 10, 2021.

  • New Temporary Order affecting the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

    Date:
    November 9, 2020

    On November 7, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrien Dix announced new orders affecting the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Heath regions in response to rising case numbers. The order is temporary and in effect from November 7, 2020 to November 23, 2020 at 12 p.m. 

    The order restricts social gatherings with members outside your household (indoor, outdoor and in restaurants) and strongly recommends that only essential travel take place in and out of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. It also addresses group physical activities, workplace safety, and party buses and limousines.

  • Face Masks in British Columbia Courthouses

    Date:
    November 9, 2020

    Effective November 9, 2020, all people attending courthouses in BC are strongly encouraged to wear masks while inside a courthouse. For more detail, see the joint announcement from the chief judge and justices of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court, and Court of Appeal here.

  • Provincial Health Officer Dr. Henry, Restricts Private Home Gatherings to Immediate Household Members Plus ‘Safe Six’; Masks Should Be Worn in all Indoor Spaces

    Date:
    October 28, 2020

    Recently, BC has seen a notable increase in new cases and transmission of COVID-19 as a direct result of social gatherings in private homes.

    As a result, a new provincial health officer order was put in place on October 26, 2020, limiting gatherings in private homes to no more than your immediate household, plus six others. This is a provincewide order that applies to all homes for all occasions. Enforcement will be stepped up to ensure people are following this new order.

    Dr. Bonnie Henry also emphasized the importance of wearing a mask: “In addition to this new order and in light of the increased risks with respiratory season, the expectation is that people will wear masks in all indoor public spaces. As part of this, businesses are asked to review their COVID-19 safety plans with this in mind. If you are in a high-traffic area or among many people outside of your household while at work, a mask will help to protect you and those around you.

    “Now is the time for all of us to work together – while staying apart – to slow the spread of COVID-19, and always keeping our groups small and using our layers of protection is the best way for us to do that.”

  • BC CDC Provides Guidelines for Halloween During COVID-19

    Date:
    October 28, 2020

    The BC Centre for Disease Control has provided Halloween guidelines for COVID-19

    British Columbians are asked to skip Halloween parties this year, trick or treat in small groups and get creative in making space when handing out treats. If you celebrate with others, keep it within your social group (stick to six). With regard to trick or treating, keep it to your local neighbourhood this year and stick to groups of six people or less. Avoid trick-or-treating in busy areas or indoors (in places like malls) since there may not be enough space to distance. Indoor spaces may require a non-medical mask or face covering. Make sure to wash your hands before you go out, when you get home, and before eating treats. If you are handing out treats, wear a non medical mask that covers your nose and mouth. Use tongs, a baking sheet or make a candy slide to give more space when handing out candy. Lastly, turn off your porch light and stay at home if you are sick or self-isolating.

  • Advanced Voting Begins Ahead of October 24 Provincial Election

    Date:
    October 16, 2020

    Advanced voting commenced on Thursday, October 15 and will continue until Wednesday, October 21. Election day is October 24, 2020. Voting stations are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. All registered voters should have received a voter card by mail. It is recommended to bring it with you when you go to vote. See HERE for where and when to vote and what ID to bring with you.