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. When possible, staying at home is the best way for our Members, Associates and our Community to stay safe and healthy.
BC's Restart Plan and the Updated Essential Workplaces List
On May 27, the BC government announced the extension of the provincial state of emergency through the end of day on June 9, 2020, making this the longest state of emergency in B.C’s history. The two week extension will support continued coordination of BC’s COVID-19 response as businesses and communities work through phase 2 of BC’s Restart plan. Thank you for continuing to practice physical distancing when out and about. Continued physical distancing, hand-washing, and staying home even with mild symptoms will help British Columbia move towards Phase 3 of the province’s Restart plan as soon as possible.
COVID-19 and returning to safe operation
WorkSafeBC recognizes the importance of worker safety as businesses look to resume operations following COVID-19 related work stoppages or interruptions. Their website offers materials that will provide employers with information and resources to assist them in ensuring the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 is minimized at their workplace. Also, see Preventing exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace: A guide for employers.
The Updated Essential Workplaces List
On April 24, 2020 the BC Government updated the Essential Workplace List. This list was developed by Emergency Management BC in consultation with other government ministries and the Provincial Health Officer (PHO). In consultation with the PHO, essential services should and are encouraged to remain open. This list may be updated as government’s response to COVID-19 evolves. Also, view the Province of BC Guidance to construction sites (updated April 27, 2020) operating during COVID-19. In a Provincial State of Emergency, the Provincial Health Officer can make orders as needed. You must follow the Orders, Notices & Guidance (updated May 28, 2020).
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 will meet online soon to discuss other CE opportunities, and if you have any ideas, please email them to the Office.
To ensure the safety and well-being of our community, and in support for public health objectives, the BCSLA offices were closed March 18, 2020. Staff are working remotely to maintain BCSLA programs services and activities. The BCSLA office will begin a cautious limited re-opening of the Marine Building office on Monday, June 1, 2020 with physical distancing measures in place. We have developed the BCSLA COVID-19 Safety Plan using WorkSafeBC Guidelines. Our COVID 19 Safety Plan will be strictly enforced in conjunction with Oxford Properties Safer Space Protocols - Marine Building - Creating Safer Spaces and Marine Building Lobby Logistics. If you plan to visit the BCSLA offices please call 604.682.5610 before your intended arrival.
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:
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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