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BC supports essential service providers

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 1:14 PDT, Thu April 2, 2020

Last Updated: 1:53 PDT, Thu April 2, 2020

The provincial government is protecting those who provide essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A number of essential service business owners identified challenges with insurance as a result of the pandemic. As long as service providers comply with provincial health authorities’ orders, they may continue to operate without being held liable for damages caused by exposure to COVID-19.

For example, the new order ensures that child care providers are not liable for children or family members being exposed to COVID-19 as long as they are following established protocols on how to prevent the spread of the virus.

Essential service providers who do not comply with authorities or who are grossly negligent are not protected by this order and will be held liable for damages.

The order, which will remain in effect as long as the provincial state of emergency is in place, only applies to situations related to COVID-19.

For non-medical information and supports, call 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week, or visit www.gov.bc.ca/COVID19.

To view the list of the provincial health officer’s orders, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/phoguidance

To view the list of essential services in BC during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/family-and-social-supports/covid-19/list_of_essential_services.pdf

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