On November 19th the BC Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, enacted new province- wide measures in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. The new measures currently in effect include:
- Face masks are mandatory in all public spaces, which include shared office space, hallways, elevators, and stores etc. The only exception to this new measure is specific to individuals who cannot put on or remove their own masks.
- It is essential to ensure that the minimum recommended safe zone of physical distance (2 meters/6 feet) is adhered to for clients, colleagues, employees, and ourselves.
- We must continue to pre-screen clients if we make the cautious decision to have an in-office session and continue to practise appropriate handwashing/sanitising. Once we are in our private office space and if we can provide all the above, a therapist, potentially may decide with the client to remove their face masks. The guiding principle in this situation is when the clinical benefits outweigh the risks.
The new measures and details on the following two government sites
British Columbia Government Website - Province Wide Restrictions
BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)