Information for businesses about re-opening in phases 2 and 3 of the BC Restart Plan.

The BC Restart Plan was announced on May 6, 2020.

On June 24, 2020, BC entered Phase 3

 As local businesses, non-profits, and organizations plan for their restart, WorkSafeBC is the best resource. WorkSafeBC is working with industry associations to ensure the direction and guidance they provide to their members meets the requirements set out by the Provincial Health Officer, and will work with employers and workers through educational materials, consultation, and workplace inspections to help them operate safely.


Employers will be required to review the new Health and Safety Guidelines, best practices and other resources from WorkSafeBC and adapt these materials into appropriate COVID-19 Safe Plans for their workplace. Check out this COVID-19 Safety Plan Template.

Sectors that have operated during the pandemic may need to update their COVID-19 Safety Plans to fit with updated Health and Safety Guidelines, best practices, and resources.

Businesses should go to the WorkSafe BC website to review guidelines for safely operating and re-opening both generally and on a sectoral basis.

If the sector your business belongs to is not listed, it may be that the guidelines have not yet been developed and may be forthcoming in a future phase of restarting. You should contact WorkSafeBC for further guidance.

Helpful Links

Enforcement for Re-Opening

Neither WorkSafe BC, nor the City of New Westminster, will be reviewing individual businesses’ plans to re-open. It is the responsibility of the business to ensure it is following all of the guidelines necessary when they re-open. City of New Westminster COVID-19 Compliance Officers will continue to respond to complaints or concerns from the public and will contact/visit the business in question to ensure education and enforcement.

Contacting WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC Frequently Asked Questions

WorkSafeBC website or call WorkSafeBC’s Prevention Information Line at 1-888-621-7233

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