Many malls, shops and stores are limiting their hours or closing their operations entirely in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in BC. We encourage the public to use virtual options to shop wherever possible.
If you do need to visit a mall or store, use common sense approaches to prevent infection and transmission:
- Hand washing
- Sneeze or cough into your sleeve
- Avoid touching your face
- Practice social distancing by keeping 2 metres between yourself and others
- Cleaning: Consider increasing routine cleaning practices – if you are cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces once a day, move to twice a day using the products you already use.
- Space: Consider the density of your business and provide additional space for customers and employees to interact; for example, consider how line ups or seating could be expanded so that people are able to put some distance – 1 to 2 metres – between one another.
- Hand hygiene: Ensure your washrooms remain stocked with soap and consider offering hand sanitizer at entrances.
- Communication: Show your customers, clients, members, and employees what you are doing to support the efforts to slow transmission of this virus by communicating online and at your place of business.
- Employees who feel unwell: Support your employees to stay home if they are sick.
- Public gatherings: Events that bring more than 50 people closely together – indoors or outdoors – are ordered to be cancelled for now. This does not apply to buildings like grocery stores or shopping malls where the environment allows for distance between people.