Epidemics, Pandemics and Communicable Diseases Policy

Created: March 2020
Last Updated: May 5, 2021

Please Note: these stages may vary considerably depending on the type and nature of the disease.

Stage One

In stage one, the risk of contracting or spreading the illness remains low.

Programs and services remain open for business.
Continue to follow the latest guidance from the BC Ministry of Health (or equivilant), the BC Centre for Disease Control (or equivilant), the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization.

In stage 1 or before, COBD will take the following proactive steps.

Continue to review its pandemic plans and policies and modify as new information emerges.

Increase cleaning protocols.

Ask all staff, program participants, volunteers, members, and guests to prevent the spread of illness by taking the following precautions:
Stay home if experiencing symptoms or feeling unwell.
Make sure facilities remain hygienic by regularly cleaning all surfaces with disinfectant.
Practice regular hand-washing, especially after coughing, sneezing, blowing the nose, after using the washroom, before preparing food or eating.
Provide sanitizing hand rub dispensers at the front reception area and throughout facilities.
Sanitize items used often by staff and students such as bathroom keys, door knobs, keyboards etc.
Do not share food or drink, including water bottles.
Avoid touching your face to reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus.
Practice physical/social distancing: avoid physical touch wherever possible, and keep some distance between self and other individuals as much as possible.
Wear non-medical masks if recommended.

Stage 2

In Stage 2, The risk of contracting or spreading the illness is higher.
The division will limit or restrict in-person programs and services to particular individuals who are not as likely to get the disease
The division will initiate virtual program and service offerings where possible. COBD will further put plans in place to initiate stage 3 if conditions become necessary
COBD will also continue to carry out all of the protocols recommended in stage one.
This stage will be in effect until it is safe enough to return to stage 1.

Stage 3

In stage 3, the risk of contracting or spreading the illness is high.
COBD will cancel all in-person programs and services until conditions become safe enough to return to stage 2.
COBD will continue to provide virtual services via telephone or online.