Business Restart Toolkit
After weeks of planning, British Columbia has entered the second phase of the slow reopening of the economy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Under Phase 2, many businesses that were ordered to close are being allowed to reopen, but only if they abide by new health and safety regulations.
Some businesses, like the retail industry, which were never ordered to close completely in BC, are now expected to follow a new set of guidelines, if they wish to reopen or stay open.
We recognize that implementing these new requirements can add stress to an already stressful situation, and we're here to help.
In an effort to support local businesses in their reopening, Salmon Arm Economic Development Society has created the following Business Restart Toolkit, which includes Resources & Templates, Marketing Materials & Signage, as well as a list of Suppliers of Personal Protective Equipement (PPE) and Safety Supplies. Please feel free to share!
Resources for Reopening
- BC's Restart Plan
- BC COVID-19 Go-Forward Management Strategy, including Checklist - Key Steps to Safely Operate your Business or Organization and Reducing COVID-19 Transmission
- BC Centre for Disease Control
Safety Plan Templates
- BCEDA Operational Plan Template
- WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Safety Plan
- Small Business BC: How to Create a COVID-19 Safety Plan for Reopening
Industry-Specific Worksafe BC Guidelines
- Arts and cultural facilities
- Health professionals
- Gyms and fitness centres
- In-person counselling
- Personal services
- Real estate
- Restaurants, cafés, and pubs
Webinars on Reopening
- BDO: Assessing Your Organization's Readiness to Return to Work
- BDC: Planning for Recovery - How to Restart Your Business in the Wake of COVID-19
- Small Business BC: COVID-19 - Reopening Your Beauty Business
Additional Helpful Resources
- BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association - Blueprint for Reopening In-Restaurant Dining
- Retail Council of Canada COVID-19 Response Planning
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety COVID-19 Tip Sheets
Shuswap Recovery Hub - Digital Transition Support
This program aims to provide free, individualized support to businesses to transition/expand their sales methods to include digital platforms. Through a dedicated Community Digital Transition Team, businesses will be able to access support services (including web developers) who can work with them one-on-one to establish the required framework and initial set-up to launch online sales. Contact the Shuswap Emergency Support Hub at (250)833-5928 or via [email protected] to get connected.
Shop Local Campaign
Salmon Arm & the Shuswap Region have secured a community platform on the SupportLocalBC.com website. This is a site where consumers can show their love for their favourite local businesses by purchasing gift cards in various denominations or shopping direct through the businesses’ online store (if available). Businesses can register on this site at no cost and begin selling gift cards or directing consumers to their online stores.
PPE & Safety Supplies
Due to high demand, it can be difficult to source the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and safety supplies required for reopening. Below is a list of locally available items.
Non-Medical Grade Face Masks
Abundant Specialty Advertising
Non-Medical Grade Face Shields
Shuswap Makerspace & SD83 3D Printed Face Shields
Additionally, BC Food & Beverage has partnered with Evolution Fulfillment, a Vancouver logistics company, to provide PPE on behalf of the food, beverage and natural health product manufacturing sector, as well as for the seafood and agriculture sectors in British Columbia. Place your order here.
Please note: If your business can provide PPE and other safety supplies and is not listed above, please call us at (250)833-0608, so that we can add you to our supplier database. Thank you!