Relaxing Phase 3: Careful Steps Past the Second Wave

Last modified: 
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 13:58

In order to initiate Relaxing Phase 3, all phase two steps have been successfully implemented. A robust, rapid-testing strategy has been implemented and community spread remains limited. A strong system of contact tracing remains in-place and all active cases of COVID-19 can have their contacts effectively traced. A second surge of infections in Canada and the United States has come and gone – with new cases falling over time and the epidemiological curves demonstrably flattened. To read more about the phases, check out the Emerging Wisely Document.

To be decided – the timing of a second wave in Canada and the United States cannot be predicted. However, it is forecast that the second wave could come between August and October, 2020.

1. Interpersonal interactions advance further

  • Outdoor get-togethers have limits removed (including funerals)
    • Physical distance of two metres must be maintained
    • Appropriate handwashing or sanitizing must occur
    • Travel must be done by household group or friendship circle
    • No shared food or beverage.
  • Choirs and band classes may begin running
    • Physical distance of two metres must be maintained
    • Appropriate handwashing or sanitizing must occur.

2. Additional businesses and organizations may open

Altered business patterns, strict physical distancing measures, and infection control procedures in-place; restrictions relaxed further on certain businesses and organizations.

  • Outdoor tourism operators
    • All capacity limits removed
    • Physical distancing and infection control measures must be inplace.
  • Performance theatres may open with limited capacity
    • A WSCC risk assessment will determine what measures must be in-place to safely operate.
    • No self-serve or communal food can be served.
  • Music and community festivals which take place primarily outdoors may run
    • A WSCC risk assessment will determine what measures must be in-place to safely operate.
    • Capacity limits based on location will be required.
  • Colleges, adult classes and trade schools
    • A WSCC risk assessment will determine what measures must be in-place to safely operate.

3. Restrictions eased further on community gathering spaces and additional spaces open up

  • Pools may open to the public
    • Capacity will be limited based on the facility
    • Handwashing and infection control protocols must be enhanced.
    • Physical distancing must be maintained as much as possible.
    • Saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs will remain closed.
  • Gymnastics clubs may open
    • Capacity will be limited based on the facility.
    • Physical distancing must be maintained as much as possible
    • Enhanced hand-washing and infection control processes must be inplace.
  • Common use gyms in buildings may open
    • Capacity will be limited based on the facility
    • Hand-washing and infection control protocols must be enhanced
    • Physical distancing must be maintained as much as possible.