Good news from British Columbia! Reopening phase 2 has been successful, transmission rates remained low. The province is looking to move to Phase 3 of its reopening plan next week.
Let’s remember the original plan:
Phase 1 (Mid-March to Mid-May) Essential travel only, physical distancing and business closures to help stop the spread of COVID-19
Phase 2: (Mid May Onwards) Essential travel only, physical distancing, restart of many businesses including those that were ordered closed
Phase 3 includes approval of travel with in BC and the rest of the country, but not outside Canada; hotels and resorts broader reopening, including some overnight camping; film industry – beginning with domestic productions (June/July 2020); select entertainment – movies and symphony, but not large concerts (July 2020), Post-secondary education – with mix of online and in-class (September 2020), K-12 education – with only a partial return this school year (September 2020)
Phase 4: International tourism, restart of large gatherings including concerts and conferences. Phase 4 will depend on the situation of the pandemic here and the world.
314,000 jobs have been lost in the province since February, and 90 per cent of these jobs have been in the service sector. The lowest wage earners have been the hardest hit. That meant the young people have been most vulnerable.
Bahar Çınarlı / Bizim Anadolu / June 22nd, 2020
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