This week's Covid-19 Update and Enews for members dated July 22, 2020

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BC Government Update for July 22, 2020

  • Premier Horgan has extended the provincial state of emergency to support the COVID-19 pandemic response through to August 4, 2020
  • In a special briefing update today, Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced there will be amendments to her public health order on bars and restaurants to stem transmission of the coronavirus. Changes in the requirements for 'events' as she referred to them include: patrons must now be seated at a designated seat, there can be no liquor self-service and dance floors are not permitted. Dr. Henry said they are also looking at restricting hours to 11pm for some events at restaurants and bars. The order will be posted online soon.

TIABC Recovery Stimulus Package for Tourism & Hospitality Sector

  • TIABC has released their Recovery Stimulus Package for British Columbia's Tourism & Hospitality Sector. This package outlines recommendations to help mitigate the substantial impact of COVID-19 on the B.C. tourism industry.
Read the Full Submission

New BC Government Online Application to Extend Temporary Layoff Period

  • The BC Government announced a new online application that simplifies and streamlines the process for employers and workers to jointly apply for an extension to the temporary layoff period beyond Aug. 30.
    More Information
  • An article has been drafted which outlines the steps needed to take advantage of this new program.
  • Business Owners are encouraged to join Destination BC's Industry Call on Thursday, July 23, at 10:30am
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#WeAreTourism a Movement to Advocate for Tourism in Your Community



The intent of #WeAreTourism is to create a grass-roots movement to support the Tourism & Hospitality Industries across Metro Vancouver.  The task force identified a supportive and welcoming resident community as a critical element of recovery. Our objective is to inspire Tourism & Hospitality associates from a diversity of sectors and backgrounds to advocate for their industry by drawing attention to the impact and significance of tourism in creating the vibrant and livable Metro Vancouver community that we all enjoy.

We invite tourism and hospitality associates to get involved in a social media movement to advocate for our industry and draw attention to the impact that tourism has on the well being of our entire community. Help spread the word by sharing the diversity of our personal stories, businesses we work at, the people we are missing and the events and experiences that we create, we will demonstrate the role that tourism plays in making Metro Vancouver one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Build a groundswell of support and positive sentiment between our industries and communities by:

  • sharing the diversity of our personal stories across social media platforms
  • demonstrating the importance of the industry to our local economy
  • offering recommendations for the community
  • challenging friends, family and community to enjoy our destination this summer

Some initial submissions can be viewed here: #WeAreTourism.pdf

#WeAreTourism Toolkit


We may be stuck inside but that isn’t stopping the Meetings & Conventions team from showing face!

  • On July 22 & 23 Jackie Kavcak and 129 others will be virtually attending the CESSE (Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives) Annual Meeting first ever Virtual Conference. For the Wednesday Opening Reception, each Canadian city has provided a signature drink for our customers to make prior and enjoy during the reception. CESSE members have long supported Vancouver with citywide meetings like the American Anthropological Association, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, Entomological Society of America and in-house groups like Society of Fire Protection Engineers and INFORMs.
  • On Thursday afternoon, MTV, no not the Dire Straits song, but rather a collaboration between Tourisme Montreal, Tourism Toronto and Tourism Vancouver, will be hosting the first virtual Happy Hour with AMC Institute members.  The AMC Institute represents over 180 association management companies that collectively provide full-service management to over 1,800 associations and provide project support to 900 additional associations. The total budget for associations managed by AMC Institute members is more than $1.5 billion annually and the associations represent 2.8 million members. Historically, after a crisis, these are the first to rebound in a recovery phase.



Vancouver Pride Society - Anti Racism Workshop Series

The Vancouver Pride Society is hosting a complimentary series of Anti-Racism Workshops led by four BIPOC facilitators and one white Jewish facilitator so our communities can learn and grow together. The series runs from Sunday July 26th through Thursday July 30th.

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