Dear BCSLA Members and Associates,
COVID-19 novel coronavirus precautions and practices have now become the “new normal” for all of us. While we recognize that this will end someday, it is important to realize the severity of the situation in which we are all finding ourselves. Provincial restrictions are in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions are made by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) under the Public Health Act. Complete details (January 10, 2022) are available here.
COVID-19 Safety Plan
Earlier in the pandemic, employers were asked to create and implement detailed COVID-19 safety plans. On July 1, 2021, those plans were replaced by a more general focus on Communicable Disease Prevention as the province began to reopen. On January 7, 2022, the provincial health officer announced an order requiring employers to reinstate those site specific, prescriptive COVID-19 safety plans to address the elevated risk currently facing us with the Omicron variant. While communicable disease prevention plans and COVID-19 Safety Plans share some of the same fundamental principles, COVID-19 Safety Plans are formal, written plans with more rigorous controls and are more appropriate for periods of elevated risk. The COVID-19 safety plan will supersede the basic principles of communicable disease prevention during this period of elevated risk by incorporating more specific protocols for preventing COVID-19 transmission. These may include occupancy limits, physical distancing, and barriers. Learn more.
Continuing Education (CE)
To ensure the BCSLA is supporting Members and Associates during these challenging and changing times, we have compiled a list of free online learning resources that will be circulated on Wednesdays by email. The BCSLA has continued to work with our BCSLA Affiliates, conference exhibitors and other loyal supporters to find ways to connect them with our Members and Associates. The CE Committee continue to meet to plan the conference program andother CE opportunities, and if you have any ideas, please email them to the Office.
COVID-19 Survey Summaries April, June and December 2020 and June 2021
To ensure the BCSLA continues to provide the support most important to our Members and Associates during these challenging and changing times, the COVID-19 Survey was circulated in April 2020 and repeated in June 2020 and December 2020. The most recent survey was circulated in June 2021.
Mental Health Support
In both rounds of the BCSLA COVID-19 Impact Survey we received a number of requests for links to mental health support. Many organisations offer this online. One suggestion as a starting point for members is the CAMH website (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). They have a COVID-19 FAQ and Resources page. In addition they have an online COVID-19 discussion forum open 7 days a week for all Canadians.
In order to go forward and continue to provide our membership with up-to-date information on the impact of COVID-19, BCSLA Board of Directors and staff are monitoring various government websites:
Small Business BChas a dedicated COVID-19 resource centre, in partnership with the Government of Canada and the B.C. government. The BC Business Covid-19 Support Service is a dedicated help service with phone, email and live chat for any businesses to get their COVID-19 questions answered. They have also launched the Small Business BC COVID-19 Resource Centre webpage.
Also visit the CSLA Website for additional information.
The BCSLA Membership has grown as a family and what affects one of our Members and Associates impacts us all. As we face this pandemic, we face it together by following recommendations to keep us all, our families, and our communities safe and healthy now, and in the future.
BCSLA Board of Directors
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