Updates on COVID-19 for British Columbia

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Today, the British Columbia government will make some announcements that will affect some industries. Due to a news embargo, we cannot reveal what those announcements will be, however, we can speculate that personal services will be allowed to continue to operate as is.

Based on months of collaboration between the BeautyCouncil, Dr. Bonnie Henry’s office, and WorkSafe BC, we are confident that BC salons, spas, and barbershops will remain open. The input from our membership has been pivotal in keeping the government confident in our ability to contain the virus. Dr. Bonnie Henry did report today that the PHO is not seeing infections resulting from personal service locations. We attribute this to a strong hygiene protocol and certification in the control of viruses in the workplace.

The announcement is slated for today, Monday, March 29th, sometime after 1:00 PM. You can find the live video of that announcement on this page. We will also provide updates that affect the industry as we learn of them.

In the meantime we offer these recommendations:

  • Avoid clients who are traveling from other areas. This is how the virus is spreading.
  • Continue your protocols, safety measures, and client screening.
  • Encourage staff to strictly limit their own off-hours socializing to avoid infection outside of work.
  • Report any infections immediately.

About our meeting: Today we met with Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, Hon. Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, and Hon. Harry Bains, Minister of Labour. The meeting format is an Industry Round Table format where a number of industries and trades participate. Our role in the meeting is to represent our members; we pass along survey results, comments, and member suggestions to the meeting.

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BeautySafe is the essential online safety and hygiene training specific to the personal service industry and expected by clients — especially in a COVID and post-COVID world.

BeautySafe certifies professionals in protocols of infection control, safe cleaning, sanitization, sterilization, and chemical practices using Canada Health standards to reduce the spread of viruses, bacterial infections, and communicable diseases (such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and COVID-19).