In her press conferences, Dr. Henry told us that she anticipated that the number of COVID-19 cases in BC would likely rise with the reopening of businesses and services as part of BC’s Restart Plan. This week, she announced that our numbers got higher than she’s comfortable with and there’s a possibility of explosive growth if we aren’t careful. 

As British Columbians, we’ve done well in flattening the curve but we are at a critical juncture. It’s still within our control to not let things get out of hand. 

The more people you hang out with, the higher your risk of being exposed to and spreading COVID-19. We know that we all want to feel normal and be with friends but it’s so important to socialize responsibly. Let’s all do our part.
 
The Government of BC tells us that socializing safely means:
  • If sick, stay home — no exceptions
  • Staying 2m apart (wondering what that looks like?)
  • Keeping our groups small (avoid getting together in groups larger than six people)
  • Not sharing drinks or smokes
  • Avoiding crowded, closed or indoor spaces
  • Having a designated contact keeper at parties
  • Don’t party with people you don’t know
Remember: our choices make a difference – we can keep others in our community safe. For more information about COVID-19, including tips, resources and data, visit the BC CDC website.  
 

 

You can watch all of the press conferences on Facebook and other Government of BC social media channels.  

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Where do we fit in in terms of COVID-19?

Yes, we are a provincial regulator. We are responsible for some very specific transactions in BC. We aren’t experts on COVID-19. We won’t – and shouldn’t – ever give medical or legal advice. But we are in a unique circumstance right now and we want to help people navigate the current reality. We don’t have all the answers, but we will do our best to share information from reliable sources, put it in ways that are easy to digest and understand, provide referrals and help you navigate this situation.

About Consumer Protection BC

We are responsible for regulating specific industries and certain consumer transactions in British Columbia. We also classify the general release movies you see in BC theatres. If your concern is captured under the laws we enforce, we will use the tools at our disposal to assist you. If we can’t help you directly, we will be happy to provide you with as much information as possible. Depending on your concern, another organization may be the ones to speak to; other times, court or legal assistance may be the best option. Explore our website at www.consumerprotectionbc.ca.