Ensuring the safety of our members, our staff, and the downtown community is the top priority of the Downtown Vancouver BIA. As such, the DVBIA is taking precautions at this time in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to help flatten the curve:
- We will not be hosting events of any size until such a time that public gatherings have been deemed to be safe by the health authorities.
- All office staff who have the capability to work from home are currently doing so.
- Micro-cleaning, graffiti removal, and other services provided by our Downtown Clean Team will be temporarily suspended.
- The services provided by our Downtown Safety Ambassadors will be temporarily suspended, and a mobile security patrol is now in place, operating from 10:00 pm – 7:00 am each day.
We will continue to monitor the situation on a regular basis. For regional information on COVID-19, and how you can help prevent the spread of the virus, please visit Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/
COVID-19 Vancouver Business Survey
The City of Vancouver has created a COVID-19 business survey to help better understand local businesses’ needs and challenges and to help them plan for future recovery.
The survey will take 15 minutes and will aid in shaping policy that will help our valued businesses.
Fill out the survey here.
UPDATE FROM April 1st:
Government announces details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy which will help businesses keeps Canadians employed. Read the full release here.
UPDATE FROM MARCH 30TH:
The Prime Minister stated on Monday that the 75-per-cent subsidy announced on Friday, March 27 will be available to charities and non-profit organizations. See the full story here.
Update from March 27th:
Update from March 23rd:
COVID-19 Action Plan: B.C.’s first steps to support people and businesses.
Update from March 22nd:
Mayor Kennedy Stewart speaks to the importance of self-isolation with key messaging being Shut down. Stay Put. Save Lives.
See Mayor Stewart’s full speech here.
Update from March 20th:
The City of Vancouver – Local Government issued an order to shut down all restaurant table service as of midnight on Friday, March 20, 2020. “Only takeout or delivery will be allowed, and any establishment found to be operating table service as of 12:01 am on Saturday will be subject to enforcement. All bars have already been closed as per the Provincial government order, province-wide.”
See the media release for full details here.
Update from March 18th:
Prime Minister Trudeau announces $82 billion to help Canadian economy amid COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please see a recent CBC article that gives an overview of this announcement. Details may also be found within the official government announcement.
The City of Vancouver declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19. Mayor Kennedy Stewart’s announcement can be viewed online.
The Government of BC declared a provincial state of emergency as well. Read more here.
Update from March 13:
Canada outlines measures to support the economy and the financial sector, including a Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP). More details about the program and businesses can access it are on the Business Development Bank of Canada website.
For recent information from the Government of BC, please see below resources:
- To view the provincial health officer’s order on mass gatherings, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics
- For more information on B.C.’s updated testing strategy and self-isolation, visit:
- For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit:
- For the COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and planning materials, visit:
- For more information and latest updates on COVID-19, follow the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit the centre’s website: http://www.bccdc.ca/
- For the latest audio clips of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit: https://soundcloud.com/bcgov