The Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre re-opened to the public on Monday, July 6, 2020 with many safety protocols in effect.

  • The Visitor Centre will host a maximum of 6 Guests at a time in addition to no more than 2 Employees
  • Visitors to the Building will see a TABLE in front of the doors restricting entrance to the Building. This table will have pertinent and updated information displayed based on current Health Orders in the Province of BC
  • As of early November 2020 ALL VISITORS TO THE BUILDING ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER WITH A MASK ON. 
  • We ask that Visitors do not attempt to challenge this requirement. Our employees are doing what they're asked to do; please respect that courtesy. 
  • Hand Sanitizer is available for your use both at the table and inside the building
  • Washrooms are OPEN (outside) for your use. They are cleaned frequently through the day
  • Hours of operation are: Monday - Sunday 10am to 4pm. Note that the washrooms are accessible during open hours only
  • Our employees are stationed behind physical barriers. We ask that Visitors not attempt to circumvent the barriers. Please respect that for the safety of all
  • Please notice and respect the floor stickers that are positioned at least 2 meters apart. The PHO orders continue to mandate Physical Distancing in all situations. 
  • Maps, Brochures and other publications are available by request only. We ask Visitors not to attempt to access any of these publications. Please allow us to do that on your behalf. 
  • Please take notice of the posters on our Windows describing the Symptoms of COVID - 19 and please respond accordingly.
  • PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING OR APPROACH THE TENT AREA, OR ANY EMPLOYEE IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL. 
  • Please do not leave personal garbage on our property or in the garbage cans. 
  • Please do not discard used MASKS or other PPE on our Property. Doing so increases the risk to our Employees
  • Overnight Parking or Camping is not permitted. Note Signage that does grant us right to have unidentified vehicles towed at owner expense. 
  • Our Employees have all reviewed our COVID - 19 Protocol Measures and all understand the importance of following guidelines as presented, and often updated, by the Provincial Health Officer. 
  • Our Employees are not permitted to work if feeling unwell and if symptoms indicate the potential for COVID - 19 they will be asked to submit to a test and will not be permitted back to work until confirmation of a Negative Result and/or confirmation that the incubation period has expired. 
  • Our Facility is cleaned several times during the day including a full clean prior to close/open every day. Said clean includes the use of a commercial cleaning device (think Ghostbusters) that sprays a cleaning solution similar to what is used on tables throughout the facility. This equipment and product is highly recommended by the Island's largest Cleaning Service 

We are pleased to have you back! 

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Advocacy for BCHL

Jul 1, 2020 -- Bill Collette

Premier John Horgan Province of British Columbia

Hon. Lisa Beare
Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture

Dear Premier Horgan and Minister Beare:

Re: Moving the British Columbia Hockey League to Phase Three of the Restart Plan

June 19, 2020

The BC Chamber remains aligned with the approach your government has taken to restart the BC economy in a way that ensures the safety of our populace while also providing a clear path for the tens of thousands of businesses who have respected and followed the advice of Dr. Henry.

As we now enter the third phase of the restart plan, we would like to ask your government to reconsider the current breakdown of businesses that are included in both Phase Three and Phase Four.

In particular, some of our member communities are concerned about the use of the word ‘professional’ when it comes to sports. Within that designate, it is our understanding that amateur and developing sports programs are included along with the more widely known professional sporting teams (ie: The Canucks, the Lions, and the Whitecaps). It has been brought to our attention through some of our member communities that the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) is included along with the other professional teams/leagues.

We recognize that Dr. Henry is setting the stage to permit the professional teams (and by that permission the BCHL, too) to potentially begin some level of operations. But the BC Chamber would like to flag a vital consideration here as the province continues to iterate on the restart path: Not all leagues will have the same chances of success (and survival) on our current reopen and recovery curve. Accordingly, we would like to urge the province to consider uncoupling amateur sporting leagues from professional leagues and moving the former to Phase Three.

Using the Canucks as the “professional” counterexample, it is safe to say that they and the NHL itself will survive this disruption. They have the support of large corporations and television contracts that will provide the cash- flows necessary to stay afloat, even without a live audience. The BCHL, however, which currently operates in 17 communities around BC, does not have these same fiscal advantages and without some level of fan support, many of these local teams will be unlikely to survive. By including the BCHL in Phase Four we might cause unintentional (but significant) harm to the league and, with that, the goals and dreams of hundreds of young athletes. We should point out that the players in these BCHL communities are very active in the schools and with

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many local societies as volunteers. As the chamber communities listed at the bottom of this letter have told me directly: Losing a BCHL team will not only darken arenas, it will darken entire communities.

The BCHL is not a professional league nor should it be considered as such. In fact, when one looks at the businesses and organizations included in Phase Three, a cogent argument can be made to include this league and others like it (along with groups such as symphonies) in the same phase.

Many of our members have consulted with the ownership groups in the BCHL and are satisfied with the teams’ suggested approach to a safe restart. They are taking the safety of their players, referees, support staff and fans seriously. Some of the new operating protocols include equipment upgrades, basic rule changes, and acceptance that full audience capacities within their arenas may not be part of the plan for 2020.

We hope you will consider this request, because we know in many communities around BC these team are not only phenomenal economic drivers, but they add greatly to the vibrancy of their local communities.

Sincerely,

Val Litwin
President & CEO
BC Chamber of Commerce

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