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Province-wide restrictions: new COVID-19 measures

Province-wide restrictions: new COVID-19 measures

The College continues to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic closely and takes direction from BC’s Provincial Health Officer (PHO), the BC Centre for Disease Control, and the Ministry of Health.

Effective November 19, 2020, new orders and restrictions were announced by the PHO, including orders about mask use.

Masks (non-medical) must be worn by everyone in all shared indoor settings and workplaces, unless they are in a screened or private work area.

For Chiropractors, this means that masks must be worn both by doctors and patients, including in the treatment room, unless either, or both, is physically unable to wear a mask (a medical note or other similar proof is not required and cannot be demanded).

Dr. Bonnie Henry stressed the importance in all workplaces to ensure that their safety plans are up to date, and advised that there will be increased inspection of workplaces.

For Chiropractors, this means that safety plans must be updated and must continue to be followed rigorously, including all screening. Dr. Henry observed that the transmission of the COVID-19 virus in sectors that are following safety protocols is very low.

Chiropractors are reminded that non-essential travel should be avoided, particularly travel outside one’s immediate community. Travel for work purposes is considered essential travel, but may entail additional risk. Chiropractors who commute to work, and/or who see patients who travel across regions, between provinces, and amongst communities, are required to be vigilant and to include consideration of travel in their screening discussions with patients.

Chiropractors must recommit to their safety procedures and the PHO’s orders, diligently and without exception.

Please review the new orders and restrictions to familiarize yourself with the new requirements and restrictions. Additionally, the following websites provide regular updates on the province’s COVID-19 response:

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