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BCFB Notice: COVID-19: Resources, information and updates

BC Food & Beverage (BCFB) is continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our members and the industry.  We’ve received an overwhelming response from our members outlining both the impact (short-term and long-term) to their business, but also strategies they are implementing to protect their business and employees.

Both the impact and response to COVID-19 continues to evolve.  While BC is still considered a safe place to be, The Ministry of Health, Office of the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control have plans to respond to this new virus and the BC Health System is preparing.  BCFB will share industry specific updates when available. 

Protecting Employees

For general information, we encourage you to keep up to date by reviewing the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s online resources located here. This page provides updated travel risk and advice, guidance for the workplace and news on recent developments.  Additionally, this guide on public health measures for individuals, gives detailed information on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Please note the preventative information for the workplace at the PHAC website here.

The BC government and the provincial health officer have developed the British Columbia Pandemic Provincial Co-ordination Plan to respond to the evolving outbreak. Phase 1 of the plan is underway, addressing identification and containment. As new COVID-19 materials are produced they will be published here.

Additionally, Food & Beverage Manufacturers are encouraged to develop contingency plans for potential disruptions of staffing due to illness or quarantine.

BCFB Events

Accordingly, in complying with the provincial standards for health and food safety guidelines, BCFB is working with our event venue partners to provide additional precautionary measures to enhance the cleanliness and sanitization throughout their facilities and asking patrons and staff not to attend if feeling unwell.

The safety and good health of our members is of paramount importance to us. In the short-term, BCFB has made the decision to convert many of our upcoming Peer Group meetings to live online webinars that will also be made available as Video On Demand. We will be communicating this information with Peer Group attendees participating in these events.

At this time, Vancouver Coastal Health encourages public gatherings to continue with the customary precautions, though we are continuing to monitor closely and conduct risk assessments for our upcoming events like the April Breakfast Series and foodprowest 2020.  This position could change if we feel there’s any undue risk to attendees.  BCFB will share communication including cancellation, postponement, etc. with members and attendees as more information becomes available.

Who to follow online

Follow Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, on Twitter here;
Follow BC CDC on Twitter for regular updates here
Hashtag: #COVID19

Call the Health Canada 2019 COVID-19 information line: 1-833-784-4397. Or email: phac.info.aspc@canada.ca