COVID-19 Information & Resources

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Latest Government Announcements

B.C. Government Announces COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave – May 11, 2021

Workers will soon have access to a paid sick leave program that will support workers to stay home when they are sick during the pandemic and afterwards, including permanent paid sick leave, as a result of legislation tabled on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

Visit our COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave page for full details.

New EPA Order Restricting Non-Essential Travel in B.C. – April 23, 2021

Under the Emergency Program Act (EPA), an order restricting non-essential travel between certain regions of the province is in place until Tuesday, May 25 at midnight.

This includes travel for purposes such as:

  • Vacations, weekend getaways and tourism activities
  • Visiting family or friends for social reasons
  • Recreation activities

Visit our EPA Order: Restrictions on Non-Essential Travel in B.C. page for full details.

B.C. Circuit-Breaker Restrictions Extended – April 19, 2021

The B.C. government has just extended the ban on social gatherings, events, indoor dining service, and group fitness activities through the May long weekend.

The circuit-breaker restrictions, originally announced on Monday, March 29, will now be in place until Monday, May 24 at midnight.

Visit our B.C. Province-Wide Restrictions page for full details.

$50 Million Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant Announced – April 8, 2021

The Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant provides fully funded grants to hospitality and fitness businesses impacted by the March 30, 2021 Provincial Health Officer (PHO) orders.

Grants of $1,000 to $10,000 are available to hospitality and fitness businesses impacted by the March 30, 2021 PHO orders on gatherings and events and liquor and food serving premises.

Grants are available until June 4, 2021 or until funds are fully expended, whichever comes first.

Visit our Economic Support Programs & Resources for Business page to learn more.

Growler Sales Extended Until June 6, 2021 – April 7, 2021

To provide additional support to the hospitality industry, the government will provide the opportunity for Liquor Primary and Food Primary licensees to package draught beer in growlers for sale to patrons with the purchase of a meal for off-site consumption until June 6, 2021.

Visit the Government of B.C. website to learn more.