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With information directly from BC’s Restart Plan, here is a quick overview of how to interact safely with people inside and outside your bubble now that we’re in Phase 3.
Are you high-risk?
Please keep in mind that if you are at greater risk (over the age of 60 or with underlying medical conditions), it’s important to think through your risk tolerance and take extra precautions.
Inside your bubble
Your bubble includes the people who live with you in your home and can now be carefully expanded to include other people. Here are some guidelines from BC’s Restart Plan:
- Try to limit the number of people in your bubble
- Every time you add someone to your bubble, remember you are also connecting with everybody in their bubble
- Inside your bubble you can hug and kiss and do not need to wear a mask or stay 2 m apart
- Remember, vigilant handwashing and space cleaning is still important
- If you are sick, self-isolate from people in your bubble as much as possible
Outside your bubble
You may decide to see people outside your bubble. Here are some guidelines to consider:
- Only get together in small groups of 2 to 6 people
- Keep 2 metres of physical distance from those who are outside your bubble
- Limit your time with people outside your bubble
- Stay home and away from others if you have cold or flu-like symptoms
- Take extra precautions for those at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, including older people and those with chronic health conditions
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Where do we fit in?
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. 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.