On May 6, 2020, the B.C. government announced its “Restart Plan”, outlining the next three phases of a four-phase plan for a safe and gradual return to pre-COVID-19 pandemic life. In their briefing, Premier Horgan, Minister Dix, and Dr. Henry indicated that regulated healthcare professions, including TCM and acupuncture, may resume with enhanced protocols in mid-May this year (i.e. after the May long weekend).
In anticipation of a province-wide re-opening of acupuncture and TCM services to regular patient care, the ATCMA has developed recommended safe work protocols for practitioners. The recommendations follow the PHO orders and CTCMA guidance and help translate these directives into best practices that help minimize the risk of further transmission of COVID-19.
While the list of protocols largely contains recommendations and not requirements, the ATCMA has proactively developed this guide as a service to members and fellow practitioners in BC. The English version of the document can be found as you scroll down further. In an effort to release the document in a timely manner, the English version has been published. The Chinese version will be published next week.
All phases of re-opening announced in the BC government’s plan will depend on the successful implementation of measures to avoid further transmission of COVID-19. Here are some highlights:
Phase 2 – Mid-May Onwards
Under Enhanced Protocols:
- Health services such as elective surgery will be restored.
- Regulated health professions, including TCM and acupuncture, can resume.
- Retail stores, hair salons, child care, restaurants, libraries, and museums could re-open.
Phase 3 – June-September, if the transmission rate of COVID-19 remains low or declines under enhanced protocols)
- Hotels, film industry, parks, and select entertainment establishments could re-open.
- Schools are expected to be open to most students in September.
Gatherings of 2-6 people will be permitted in time for the May long weekend, but the ban on gatherings of more than 50 people remains in place.
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在2020年5月6日，政府宣布了“重启计划”，概述了四个阶段中的前三个阶段计划，以确保在生命安全的前提下逐步恢复疫情之前的生活。在Premier Horgan, Minister Dix 及Dr. Henry 说明报告中指明： 包括中医及针灸在内的受监管的医疗保健行业可在今年5月中旬（即5月的长周末后）在防疫规程下重新营业
ATCMA建议的安全工作规范指南英文版： ATCMA Recommended Safe Work Practices for TCM document