Selfadvocatenet.com coverage of the Corona Virus Pandemic

Attention Self Advocates

 

The selfadvocatenet.com coverage of the Corona Virus pandemic also called COVID 19  is intended to inform Self Advocates by bringing you daily updates and information regarding this life-threatening situation so you stay healthy and safe.  

We encourage all Self Advocates to follow the Ministry of Health guidelines so we can stop the spread of this virus quickly. We each must do our part to protect ourselves and our communities.   If you have an issue let us know we are here to support one another.

A message that selfadvocatenet.com is wanting to let you know:  If you are out touching public surfaces, debit card machines, door handles at the grocery store DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE until you can wash your hands.  Wash your hands WELL, scrub for at least 20 seconds and don’t touch your face.  

Stay home if you are sick.  If you are sneezing cover your mouth with your arm.  Practice social isolation by staying 2 meters or at least 2 arm lengths away from everyone.  If you take the bus sit a few seats away from the next person.

By practicing these guidelines we will be doing our part as citizens to keep everyone safe.  When you are at home make sure your surroundings are cleaned regularly.  Frequently wipe down things you touch a lot like door handles, light switches, telephones, countertops, bathrooms, etc.   

Make sure you reach out to service providers, family, and friends if you are uncertain.  Only go out if it is necessary like going shopping or to the drug store. 

 All the best from the Sans Team.

 

World Health Organization has now called it Pandemic Officially 

To help reduce your risk of infection:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection.
  • If a sink is not available, alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them.
  • Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.
  • Handwashing poster

Will wearing a mask protect me? 

Masks should be used by sick people to prevent transmission to other people. A mask will help keep a person’s droplets in.
It may be less effective to wear a mask in the community when a person is not sick themselves. Masks may give a person a false sense of security and are likely to increase the number of times a person will touch their own face (e.g., to adjust the mask).

Health-care workers will wear surgical masks, eye protection and gowns in order to protect themselves and other patients. During health-care procedures in which aerosol sprays may be generated (for example, when giving certain inhaled medications), health-care workers should wear specialized masks.

Protecting loved ones

Follow the same advice that public health officials recommend for the cold and flu season: wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoid others who are unwell, and stay home when you are sick.
The most important thing you can do to prevent coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
Cover your mouth when you cough so you’re not exposing other people. If you are sick yourself, stay away from others. Contact your health-care provider ahead of time so you can be safely assessed.

What if I have a chronic condition?

Current information suggests that older people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease are at higher risk of developing more severe illness or complications from COVID-19. If you are at higher risk for COVID-19 complications, follow general preventative strategies against infection, and should you become ill, seek medical help early.
This Information on website called BC Centre for Disease Control go to their website click Here
Self Advocate Leadership Network Covig 19 information refer to SALN Website at
latest SALN Weekly News Sheet #9 from Nov 13,2020 is out in this news-sheet is on
Report on thinking about Plain Language
(Just click on picture below to get copy on document)

Here it is the Covig 19 videos made by SAS and SALN. go to this link to watch it click here

or click on picture below where see picture of videos below

Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

CACL coverage of the covid 19 check it out here

CloudMD See a doctor on your phone CloudPractice Inc

Request or Donate Supplies to Support B.C.’s COVID-19 Response

 

Counseling  places that can call if need talk to someone self advocates affected by Covid 19

Dorothy Hyslop (Counsellor that was at Leadership Retreat) is willing to provide free counselling  to Self Advocates affected by COVID-19.  

please contact Dorothy Hyslop at 604-765-1039 and leave a message or

Email her at dorothyhyslop1associates@gmail.com

or go to her website details Dorothy Hyslop & Associates Counselling & Consulting

Illuminating Counselling Services

Practicing social distancing does not mean counselling services are not available. We have the means to assist you via telephonic means or web applications.

I am aware that this pandemic has increased anxiety and depression for many. Please know that I am available for you.

Illuminating Counselling Services at  www.advicecounselling.com.

Rosemary Fromson, RPC, MPCC-S

Email her at  rjfroms@telus.net; Phone: 604-302-9648

                                                                                          Govt of Canada News Covid 19 Here

COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group will continue to help guide Government action on disability inclusion

 

This on Canada Govt Website go to the link here

Government of Canada extends deadline to apply for the Disability Tax Credit to receive the COVID-19 one-time payment for persons with disabilities 

This on Canada Govt Website go to the link here

 

Federal Briefing on the response to Covid 19

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

January 19th,2021 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada

 Speech

Welcome to this virtual press conference. My colleagues and I in Ottawa are trying to do our part in reducing contacts as much as possible.

There have been over 715,000 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 18,120 deaths and nearly 74,000 active cases across the country. Nationally, the average case count is now close to 6,700 new cases being reported daily over the past week, with a still increasing number of people experiencing severe illness. There are an average of about 4,775 individuals with COVID-19 being treated in Canadian hospitals, over 880 of whom are in critical care, and over 140 deaths are being reported each day. Canada continues to monitor for virus variants of concern; to date, the National Microbiology Laboratory has verified 23 cases with the [B.1.1.7] variant first reported in the United Kingdom and 2 cases with the [501Y.V2] variant first reported in South Africa.

By now, we have seen time and again that our actions matter. As we’ve watched COVID-19 trend up and down, and up again, we are reminded that our actions have consequences. Every time we get a little too tired or a little too excited about holidays or start thinking that vaccines could give us a shortcut, we are met with a new spike of activity as COVID-19 tries to take the lead again. We have also come to realise that we’re not all on equal footing, and that some in our communities need additional support to be able to keep themselves and their loved ones safer.

Last week’s national epidemiology and modelling update was the latest reality check. Of course, we’re all tired and want this to be over and ultimately to win against this virus, but we are again at a pivotal moment where there is a great deal at stake. As cases accumulate ever more quickly, hospitalisations, critical illness and deaths will continue to rise. It is incumbent upon all of us to prevent more of these tragic consequences.

Redoubling our efforts and not letting up is the difficult work we need to do now. The consequences of these actions are the compound benefits we all want – by suppressing COVID-19 disease activity we are all contributing to reducing the burden on the health system, supporting our health care workforce in the difficult task of planning and implementing mass vaccine rollout; and giving vaccines a longer runway to begin to work, as access expands to reach all Canadians.

For all we have been through and all we stand to achieve in the months ahead, we owe it to ourselves and all those we have worked to protect thus far to see this through and save every life we can. Every vacation travel we postpone for a better time in the future; every outing or activity we avoid, shorten, or limit to essentials; all the diligence we apply to handwashing, masking, and spacing helps to reduce spread of the virus. This is the tough part of the COVID-19 marathon, together it will be easier.

Read my backgrounder to access COVID-19 Information and Resources, including information on vaccination and ways to reduce your risk of infection and spreading the virus and others.

This is on Govt of Canada Website go to this link here

Federal Briefing on the Response to COVID-19 – January 19, 2021

Update on COVID-19 in Canada: Epidemiology and Modelling January,15th,2021

HERE YOU WILL FIND THE LATEST DATA ON COVID-19 CASES IN Canada Jan 18th,2021

People First Covig 19 Resources

Inclusion Canada COVID & Disability: Resources for Families

COVID-19 Resources Canada
CLBC Mental Health and Wellness Resources during COVID-19
CLBC Weekly Update for Individuals & Families January 14th,2021 go to this link click here 
January 14th,2021
Welcome to the January 14 edition of CLBC’s Update for Individuals and Families. As a reminder, you can find all Updates (including past editions) posted on our website here. You can also check out CLBC’s Facebook page here and Twitter page here. If you know of anyone who would like to receive future Updates, please share the link to our sign up page with them. If you have a specific question, or feedback about this update, you can send an email to CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca.

CLBC and Government News

Province-wide restrictions extended until February 5

B.C. Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Bonnie Henry has extended the province-wide restrictions on all events and social gatherings to significantly reduce COVID-19 transmission related to social interactions and travel. The order is in effect until Friday, February 5, 2021 at midnight.

As a reminder, the best place to get up-to-date information about COVID restrictions and orders from the Provincial Health Officer is on the BC Government website here.

Flexible Funding Options for Direct Funding Agents and Person-Centered Societies

CLBC knows that families are doing the best they can to remain resilient during this time. Many families are experiencing additional challenges with taking care of their family member who may no longer be able to fully access regular respite care, or other support options. From now until June 30, 2021, direct funding agents (people who receive respite funding and/or other Individualized Funding directly) and person-centred societies will have new flexible options.

Visit the CLBC website here for details about how this temporary program may apply to you, including:

Next teleconference for individuals and families takes place January 18

The next monthly teleconference for individuals and families with Dr. Daniele Behn Smith, Deputy Provincial Health Officer, and Ross Chilton, CLBC CEO, is scheduled for Monday, January 18, from 1:35 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. We will be pleased to have Nicholas Simons, Minister for Social Development and Poverty Reduction join us.  Details about how to join the call can be found on the teleconference webpage here

We have received many questions about vaccinations and will provide as many answers on this call as we can. If you have a question on this topic for, please email CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca and use the subject line “Jan 18 CLBC Call.”

Information about the COVID-19 vaccine

With the approval of COVID-19 vaccines in Canada, many of us are anxious to know how and when vaccinations will happen for people with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. You can find information about the COVID-19 vaccination the on BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) website here.

B.C. hopes to have vaccine available for all those who choose to be vaccinated by the end of this year. However, it will take time before there’s enough vaccine for everyone in the province, so vaccine distribution will be phased and will start with key populations based on Canada’s pandemic plan.

You can learn more about the distribution plan for vaccines on the BCCDC website here. Adults in group homes are a priority group for the vaccine in February and March.

While the vaccine distribution process takes place, it’s important to remember to continue to maintain COVID-19 prevention measures to keep yourself and others safe. We will share new information about the vaccine roll out in future editions of this update as it becomes available.

Vaccines and consent for people with developmental disabilities

Informed consent is an essential pre-condition to receiving a vaccine. Visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website here to learn about the steps involved in obtaining consent for vaccination, including instructional videos about situations where individuals need to demonstrate capacity to give consent, as well as what happens for individuals who are not able to give consent.

B.C. Recovery Benefit plain language summary available

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges and hardships for people and families. To help people and families recover from these hard times, the B.C. Government introduced a new benefit called the B.C. Recovery Benefit. This is a one-time, tax-free provincial benefit of up to $500 for an adult or $1,000 for a family.

For people who receive income or disability assistance, the Government also announced the $150 Recovery Supplement. The $150 Recovery Supplement replaces the $300 COVID-19 Supplement. People receiving Disability Assistance can receive both the B.C. Recovery Benefit and the $150 Recovery Supplement.

You can read a plain language summary on the CLBC website here with information about the B.C. Recovery Benefit and how to apply, as well information about the Recovery Supplement.

Exemptions to the mandatory mask order in B.C.
In order to prevent the transmission of COVID 19, masks are now mandatory in all indoor public spaces in B.C., except for people who are unable to wear masks. The B.C. Office for the Human Rights Commissioner has created this poster to explain the order and the exemptions. If you are a person who is unable to wear a mask, this may be a helpful poster to print and bring with you.

 

Staying connected and supported

Recipes for Respite conversations continue

Looking for ideas and options around your respite? The Family Support Institute has created a new Facebook group for those interested in sharing and learning about the different ways families are using their CLBC respite funding to get a break. You can click here to find the group, and you can hit the “Join Group” button to join. Recipes for Respite is a place to be creative with other families and to share thoughts and ideas. The group will also create topics to organize different types of information people may be interested in.

You can also join one of the regular Thursday Recipes for Respite Zoom meetings. Visit the FSI event calendar here to find information about these meetings, as well as many other online activities and events taking place.

Tools for Connection
This is a reminder that the Toolkit for Connection available here has been developed with our partners to help individuals and their families know about the many resources and supports available during COVID-19.

Self Advocate Corner

Happy Hour Hangouts

Looking to connect and have some fun? Join the online Happy Hour Hangout on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. These events are hosted by CLBC Strategic Initiative Advisors Michelle Goos, David Johnson and Shelley DeCoste as well as special guest Sherwin Strong.

Come to meet new friends, share a laugh, play a game or just relax and watch. Let’s stay safe and connected!

Self Advocate Leadership of the Year nominations now open until February 8

BC People First is proud to present the Self Advocate Leadership of the Year Award. The Award will celebrate an individual who has shown exceptional leadership and knowledge throughout 2020 in advocating for the rights of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

People can be nominated for the award by a peer, family member, staff, colleague, support worker or friend. Nominators can nominate more than one person if they desire. Have fun nominating someone you know!

Click here to complete the online nomination form.

All nominations must be submitted by Monday, February 8 at 5:00 p.m.

Things for self advocates to do during the pandemic: Learn about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which Canada ratified in 2010, identifies the human rights of people with disabilities and focuses on removing barriers that prevent full participation in society.

BC People First is hosting an online information and training session on the CRPD next week on Wednesday, January 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Click here to learn how you can join the session.

Stories of hope and encouragement

Families share their pandemic stories

In the two stories below, family members share their perspectives on life and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic:


Signing Off

We hope everyone had a great and restful holiday season and a chance to connect with friends and family, even if only virtually. For our first edition of 2021, here’s a little comic relief. Until next edition…

CLBC  Update January 12th,2021 go to this link click here 

Join CLBC’s January 18 teleconference for
self advocates and families on COVID-19

Dear self advocates and families -Please join Community Living BC (CLBC) next Monday, January 18 for an opportunity to hear from Dr. Daniele Behn Smith, Deputy Provincial Health Officer, about the latest health information and guidance on COVID-19 as we enter the new year.

We will also be pleased to welcome Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, who will join the call with Dr. Behn Smith, Michael Prince, CLBC Board Chair, and Ross Chilton, CEO of CLBC.

When: Monday, January 18, 2021

Time: 1:35 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

How to call in:

Vancouver: 604-681-0260
Elsewhere: 1-877-353-9184

Participant code: 87916#

* Due to the large number of participants, please call in at 1:20 p.m.

Self advocates and families are asked to submit health questions in advance by end of day Thursday, January 14 to CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca with the subject line: Jan 18 CLBC Call. This will allow us to answer as many questions as possible on the call.

We look forward to having you join us! For the latest information from CLBC, please visit our web pages with COVID-19 information here.

Covid-19 on a global scale

INCLUSION CANADA CALLS ON GOVERNMENTS TO PRIORITIZE PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, THEIR FAMILIES AND SUPPORT STAFF FOR COIVD-19 VACCINE

B.C. Human Rights Commissioner issues guidance on COVID-19 mask policies

Commissioner Kasari Govender provides guidelines that detail how masking requirements must accommodate

people with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent them from using non-medical masks.

This on website Called BC Human Right,s Commission go to the link here

 

First delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations arrives in B.C.

Emergency support for vulnerable people during COVID-19 continues to December,2020

Province updates measures to enforce Lower Mainland COVID-19 public safety

 

Online tool helps people book appointments with Service BC

Province clarifies Visitors policy on essential vs. social visits at care homes, seniors facilities

January 8th,2021

Revised “Essential Visits” policy now supports people with disabilities during hospital visits

Page 3 Family and Visitor Policy click on picture below see document

B.C.’s Response to COVID-19 Last updated: Jan 19th,2021

click on picture below

Hear is updates from BC Govt Health Minister and Dr Henry

Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

Victoria Tuesday, January 19, 2021 3:00 PM

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:“Today, we are reporting 465 new cases, including 13 epi-linked cases, for a total of 61,912 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 4,331 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 329 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 70 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Currently, 6,864 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 55,099 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Since we last reported, we have had 83 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 262 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 21 in the Island Health region, 61 in the Interior Health region, 32 in the Northern Health region and six new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“To date, 92,369 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., and the BC Centres for Disease Control (BCCDC) is providing daily immunization data on the COVID-19 dashboard: www.bccdc.ca

“There have been 12 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,090 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have had no new health-care facility outbreaks. The outbreak at The Emerald at Elim Village is over.

“The COVID-19 vaccines bring hope and challenge: Hope, knowing that in a few months many people will have immunity to this virus; and challenge because of the current limited supply – in B.C., Canada and around the world.

“The vaccines are our path forward to the brighter days ahead. However, until that path is wide enough for everyone, we must continue to focus on our individual efforts.

“To get to the finish line faster and to make our communities safer, we must stop the spread in our communities today. We do that by following the measures we have in place: washing our hands, staying home when we are ill, getting tested and always using our layers of protection.

“Let’s choose safety by continuing to do our part to protect everyone in our province.”

Learn More:

For vaccine information, visit the BCCDC dashboard: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data

Or: www.bccdc.ca

Mental health support, visit:

Mental health and anxiety support: www.bouncebackbc.ca

Or: www.anxietycanada.com

Or: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/mental-well-being-during-covid-19

Or: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/virtual-supports-covid-19

The latest updates, guidance and information on COVID-19, and where to get tested, visit:

The latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

Provincial health officer orders and guidance, visit:

PHO orders: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Guidance on new restrictions: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions

Non-health related information, visit:

Financial, child care and education support, travel, transportation and essential service information: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.

COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information by health authority, visit:

BCCDC (flights, work sites, etc.): http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures
Fraser Health: fraserhealth.ca/covid19exposure
Interior Health: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/public-exposures/
Island Health: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/outbreaks-and-exposures
Northern Health: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/outbreaks-and-exposures
Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/public-exposures

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews
YouTube: www.youtube.com/ProvinceofBC

A backgrounder follows.

Assisted-living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings and acute-care facilities with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

Vancouver Coastal Health – nine facilities

  • Arbutus Care Centre (second occurrence)
  • Braddan Private Hospital
  • Fraserview Intermediate Care Lodge
  • German Canadian Benevolent Society Home (second occurrence)
  • Hilltop House
  • Little Mountain Place (second occurrence)
  • Minoru Residence
  • Renfrew Care Centre
  • Sunrise of Vancouver

Fraser Health – 25 facilities

  • Avalon Gardens
  • Brookside Lodge
  • Eagle Ridge Manor
  • Evergreen Baptist Care Society (second occurrence)
  • Fleetwood Villa
  • George Derby Centre (second occurrence)
  • Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre
  • Guildford Seniors Village (second occurrence)
  • Hilton Villa Seniors Community
  • KinVillage (second occurrence)
  • KinVillage West Court
  • Madison Care Centre
  • Maple Ridge Seniors Village (second occurrence)
  • Mayfair Seniors Living Care
  • Menno Home
  • Morgan Place Care
  • Nicola Lodge (second occurrence)
  • Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Lodge
  • Queen’s Park Care Centre
  • Rideau Retirement Residence
  • Royal City Manor (second occurrence)
  • St. Michael’s Centre (second occurrence)
  • Suncreek Village (second occurrence)
  • The Harrison at Elim Village (third occurrence)
  • Waterford Retirement Residence

Northern Health – one facility

  • Jubilee Lodge

Interior Health – nine facilities

  • Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre
  • Creekside Landing
  • Heritage Retirement Centre (second occurrence)
  • Heritage Square
  • Mountainview Village
  • Noric House
  • Sunnybank Retirement Home
  • Village by the Station (second occurrence)
  • Williams Lake Seniors Village

Island Health – two facilities

  • Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence
  • Hart House

Acute care facilities

  • Burnaby Hospital
  • Cariboo Memorial Hospital
  • Chilliwack General Hospital
  • Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • Ridge Meadows Hospital
  • St. Paul’s Hospital
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Vancouver General Hospital
  • University Hospital of Northern BC

This on BC Govt website go to the link here 

British Columbia (BC) COVID-19 Situation Report Update January 15th,2020

B.C. COVID-19 response update

HERE YOU WILL FIND THE LATEST DATA ON COVID-19 CASES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.

Updated January 18th,2021

This on website called BC Center for Disease Control website click here

 

Safe Restart funding supports reliable public transportation, affordable fares

 

 

Community Update: BC Recovery Benefit and BC Recovery Supplement

TransLink COVID-19 Update

Mandatory Face Covering Policy

Changes to mask rules on public transit

Ministerial Order expands mask mandate to indoor or sheltered stations and stops

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – Customers must now wear masks while boarding or waiting for transit at any indoor or sheltered stations and stops, as a result of the Provincial Government’s Ministerial Order mandating mask use.

Specific changes customers must now observe are as follows:

In addition to transit vehicles, masks are now required at any indoor or sheltered location where people are boarding or waiting for transit, including stations, platforms, bus stops, bus loops, and bus exchanges.

  • Face shields are no longer a suitable option in place of a non-medical mask or face covering.
  • TransLink will suspend the issuance of exemption cards given we are not able to exempt customers from a Ministerial Order. The Ministerial Order does allow for certain exemptions, which can be found here.
  • Transit Police will conduct standard inquiries with any customer not wearing an appropriate mask or face covering.

Approximately 95 per cent of customers are wearing masks on transit and TransLink expects all customers to comply with the changes required as part of the Ministerial Order. Transit Police will enforce the Ministerial Order and can issue fines of $230, subject to the exemptions set out in the Order. Customers who observe others not following the rules can report these instances to TransLink’s Customer Information team. This information will help Transit Police target enforcement in problem areas. Customers should not to attempt to enforce the Ministerial Order themselves.

More information:
Ministerial Order on mask use

Media contact:
TransLink Media Relations
E: media@translink.ca

This on BC Translink website go to the link here 

BC Transit mandatory face covering policy update

Nov 27, 2020
Transit System: Global

BC Transit is updating our mandatory face covering policy to align with the mandatory mask order implemented by the

Province of BC. It is required that customers are wearing face covering when on board a BC Transit vehicle. The order from the Province of BC also requires customers waiting at covered bus stops to be wearing a face covering.

To ensure everyone’s safety and compliance with the new order, we are asking everyone to wear a face covering for your entire transit journey.

Our exemption list is being adjusted to align with the order from the Province of BC. Exemptions include:

  • People with health conditions or with physical, cognitive or mental impairments who cannot wear one
  • People who cannot remove a mask on their own .
  • Children under the age of 12

Transit Operators working alone behind a full driver door or vinyl panel are also exempt from wearing a face mask as indicated by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. Staff on board BC Transit vehicles and not behind a full driver door or vinyl panel will be required to wear a face covering unless they meet the exemption criteria.

Aligning with the Province of BC criteria, face shields will no longer be considered acceptable as a face covering as it has an opening below the mouth. For a list of face coverings that you can use please visit bccdc.ca.

Our priority will continue to be on educating customers about the mandatory face covering policy. Current materials include signage on buses and at bus stops, onboard announcements (where available), and signage on our destination signs. We are rolling out new promotional materials in BC Transit communities, and will continue to raise awareness about the policy.

Transit Operators are responsible for the safe operation of their bus. As with any issues, the operator has the ability to report those being vocal to the noncompliance of the mask mandate to their transit supervisor or manager. Under the order, BC Transit supervisors and managers will now have authority to enforce compliance with the assistance of local authorities if necessary. It is important to remember there are reasons a person may not be able to wear a face covering.BC Transit asks customers to please be kind to each other, and if someone is not wearing a face covering to assume they meet our exception criteria. Customers who observe others not following the rules can report these instances to their local transit office. This information will help our team provide on-road support. Customers should not attempt to enforce the Ministerial Orders.

See more details about our COVID-19 response.

BC Transit updates Coronavirus COVID-19 Information latest here

 

BC Ferries Covid 19 Updates

COVID-19 Update – Important information – Last updated December 8, 2020

BC Ferries remains committed to ensuring coastal communities have reliable access to essential goods and supplies. Our priority is the health and safety of our customers and employees, and the company will strictly adhere to provincial and federal guidelines.

We encourage our customers to continue to heed Dr. Bonnie Henry’s advice to be calm, be kind, and be safe. Our vessel and terminal staff are working hard to adjust to changing circumstances and to implement protocols and procedures that keep everyone safe and healthy. BC Ferries does not tolerate any abuse, including verbal abuse, towards its employees. A customer who abuses an employee will be denied service.

On December 7, 2020 Dr. Bonnie Henry announced an update to the COVID-19 restrictions (in effect November 7 – January 8, 2021), for more information click here. BC Ferries advises customers to avoid non-essential travel at this time – this includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province. If this new Provincial Health Officer restriction affects your travel plans please contact us to change or cancel your booking. Reservations fees for existing bookings will be refunded if travel must be cancelled as a result of Provincial Health Order (PHO) travel restrictions, please contact us in advance of travel. This applies to travel occurring during the PHO travel restriction period.

Masks are mandatory

All passengers must wear non-medical masks or face coverings when at terminals and on board ferries except:

  • When inside a vehicle
  • When consuming food or drinks, provided physical distancing is maintained
  • Children under 2 years of age
  • Medical condition or disability that inhibits the ability to wear a mask
  • Persons unable to place or remove a mask without assistance
  • BC Ferries employees working behind a physical barrier or within employee only areas provided physical distancing is maintained

* In the event that a passenger cannot wear a mask or face covering due to medical reasons, BC Ferries may require passengers to present documentation from a healthcare professional. This is a new Transport Canada requirement for ferry operators across Canada.

Passengers are reminded to continue to maintain physical distance while wearing a mask.

As defined by the Public Health Agency of Canada, a mask should fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops, be made of at least two layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen) and be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping.

Transport Canada – Closed deck regulation – reinstatement on September 30th

The temporary flexibility Transport Canada granted ferry operators that allows passengers to remain in their vehicle on enclosed vehicle decks is being rescinded by the regulator on September 30th, 2020. Transport Canada allowed this temporary flexibility earlier this summer in response to COVID-19. BC Ferries must comply with Transport Canada regulations. Starting on September 30th, passengers loaded on enclosed lower decks will be required to leave their vehicles.

Learn more about the reinstatement of the Transport Canada regulation

View frequently asked questions

Transport Canada – COVID-19 screening

For any route longer than 30 minutes, BC Ferries will screen all customers for COVID-19 symptoms and restrict travel to any customer that does not meet the screening requirements, as per the federal guidelines.

Prior to entering a BC Ferries’ terminal, customers need to answer the following questions:

  1. Do you have a fever and a cough?
  2. Do you have a fever and breathing difficulty?
  3. Have you been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to COVID-19?
  4. Are you the subject of a provincial/territorial or local public health order? Note: A provincial/territorial or local public health order is typically a quarantine order issued to a person who has tested positive or is presumed positive to COVID-19
  5. Are you in possession of a face covering that covers your mouth and nose, and do you agree to wear this covering when outside your vehicle at terminals and while on board ferries?

If you answer yes to any of questions 1 to 4 and/or no to question 5 above, or refuse to answer any of the questions, BC Ferries will deny you boarding. Customers not displaying symptoms and under a directive to self-isolate at home may be permitted on board but will be required to maintain physical distance by remaining in their vehicle.

BC Ferries has implemented measures in order to ensure that customers with serious medical conditions and a need for time sensitive treatments are able to continue to travel. Customers can communicate their travel needs to the ticket agent when they arrive at the terminal. Reservations are recommended, but non-reserved travel will be prioritized based on the essential travel needs.

View more details on Transport Canada’s announcement

Book in advance to avoid lengthy waits as sailings are limited. Check-in processing takes longer due to screening protocols in place.

Northern routes

For more information on our current Northern schedules, visit bcferries.com/schedules.

Many communities served by BC Ferries have issued advisories to travelers notifying them of limited supplies, healthcare equipment and resources. These communities include Haida Gwaii, Bella Bella, Klemtu, and Bella Coola. Customers should inform themselves of local situations and remain committed to essential travel only.
For more information about travel and restrictions in these northern communities, see:

Foot passengers

When travelling, we require customers wear a face covering onboard or in our terminals. Reservations for foot passengers are available for travel between Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands and our North Coast routes, and can now be made online.  On all other routes, foot passengers will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis until passenger capacity has been reached, and tickets may be purchased at the terminal.

BC Ferries Vacations

Customers with BC Ferries Vacation bookings affected by the COVID-19 restrictions (in effect November 7 – December 7, 2020) can contact us to change or cancel their booking. If you require immediate assistance, please contact BC Ferries Vacations at 1-888-223-3779 Ext. 3, or email vacations@bcferries.com. Vacations Call Centre business hours are:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm
  • Weekends and statutory holidays: 9 am – 5 pm

Additional information

  • Customers requiring wheelchair assistance: We are unable to provide wheelchair assistance at terminals or on board ferries. If you require a wheelchair, request one at the terminal. We ask that you travel with your own wheelchair assistant if required.

  • For more information on travelling with BC Ferries during the COVID-19 Pandemic click here
  • Updates from our President and CEO Mark Collins

Vehicles with U.S. license plates travelling on the Ferries

Canada Border Services Agency is screening people entering Canada at the borders. BC Ferries does not have a mandate to restrict travel.

We’re in this together

We are proud of the work our dedicated employees continue to provide during this situation. Crews have been taking, and will continue to take, extra measures to ensure continued safe transport of critical goods and supplies to coastal B.C. communities. If you have a chance to relay a ‘thank-you’ to our teams online, please do.

BC Ferries provides a lifeline to remote and to coastal communities in British Columbia, and will continue to provide vital services, such as delivering medical supplies and groceries to support communities.

For more information on all the steps BC Ferries is taking during COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 response page. For more information on schedules visit bcferries.com/schedules. BC Ferries hopes to resume the levels of service customers have come to expect soon.

This on BC Ferries Website go to the link here

This from The World Health Organization website you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates.

Here is the WHO latest update

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 15 January 2021

This is Briefing of The WHO News Conference that was Today January 15th,2021

 

Who transcript of today’s  Press Briefing

 

Protect yourself and others from getting sick

How to cope with stress during 2019-nCoV outbreak

Practice food safety

Shopping/Working in wet markets in China and Southeast Asia

 

Stay healthy while traveling

Go to World Heath Organization for above Information on Corona virus go to the link here

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