Tourism Richmond is committed to providing our stakeholders reliable, accurate and timely information relating to the ever-changing novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in our community. We are working closely with our tourism counterparts in Metro Vancouver and at every level of government. We would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on the work we’re doing on your behalf.


TOURISM RICHMOND UPDATES

RESTAURANTS: OPEN FOR DINE-IN SERVICE?

As Phase 2 of the BC Restart Plan kicks in, many restaurants are starting to open their doors for dine-in, while continuing to offer takeout and delivery services. If you are now open for dine-in service, including outdoor patio seating, please update your business status on the Tourism Richmond Information Portal. This will also update your VisitRichmondBC.com listing and be featured on the Takeout, Delivery, Dine-In Landing page. Download your step-by-step instruction guide to update your listing below.

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WE ARE RICHMOND BC

NEW HUB FOR BUSINESSES & LOCALS LAUNCHES

We are excited to announce the launch of WeAreRichmondBC.ca, a new microsite that is a hub and connect point for Richmond residents and businesses. This new microsite connects locals to available resources, shares positive stories, and provides ways to explore and experience Richmond from home.

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METRO VANCOUVER TASK FORCE UPDATES

BUSINESS OPERATIONS RECOVERY SURVEY

Tourism Richmond and the Metro Vancouver Tourism and Hospitality Response and Recovery Task Force are collecting data in order to better understand the operation status, reopening timeline, and preparedness of businesses and attractions impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. Your input will be greatly beneficial to Tourism Richmond and to the Task Force as we continue to shape recovery efforts and advocate for funding and assistance programs.

This survey should take no longer than five minutes.

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GOOD NEWS STORIES

LULU ISLAND WINERY MANUFACTURES HAND SANITIZER

Lulu Island Winery spent three weeks formulating and distilling a 75% high-concentration alcohol sanitizer that has been licensed by Health Canada. They've donated 90% of its first batch of hand sanitizers to Richmond and Vancouver frontline workers and local agencies!

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THE GAMING STADIUM KEEPS PLAYERS ENTERTAINED

The Gaming Stadium recently hosted a free online hockey challenge in collaboration with four professional hockey players on May 17, including the Vancouver Canucks' Jake Virtanen; Ottawa Senators' Thomas Chabot; Dallas Stars' Tyler Seguin; and Columbus Blue Jackets' Pierre-Luc Dubois. To watch more online tournaments, tune into The Gaming Stadium's Twitch channel below!

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DESTINATION BC UPDATES

OPERATING GUIDELINES RELEASED

On May 15, WorkSafeBC released an initial set of guidelines to help businesses and organizations develop their plans to reopen safely in the coming days and weeks. Destination BC has compiled all operating guidelines and protocols for various sectors all on one page.

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CONTENT TOOLKIT FOR HYPER-LOCAL TRAVEL

As British Columbia starts to shift to Phase 2 (May 19) of the Province’s Restart Plan, Destination BC is encouraging BC residents to #exploreBClocal – to be a tourist in their hometown, to reignite interest in our museums, galleries and cultural sites, and to support the small tourism businesses that are the foundation of our industry – all while adhering to the provincial health directives that are in place to protect us all.

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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA UPDATES

REGIONAL RELIEF AND RECOVERY FUND LAUNCHES

Businesses across Western Canada who were unable to access existing relief measures including the Canada Emergency Business Account can now apply for up to $40,000 in funding under the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. Check now to see if you qualify.  

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CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY EXTENDED UNTIL AUGUST 29, 2020

The Canadian Government will be extending their wage subsidy program, which covers 75% of an employee's wages - up to $847 per week - until August 29, 2020. This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis.

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GOVERNMENT OF BC UPDATES

BC CDC COVID-19 SURVEY

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has launched a COVID-19 survey to help inform their response to the pandemic and ensure that British Columbians have the information and resources they need.

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OTHER UPDATES

GO2HR GUIDANCE FOR REOPENING

go2HR, with guidance from industry, has developed a COVID-19 Best Practices template, offering health and safety tips and sample best practices for employers and workers to follow as you look towards business recovery. Be sure to stay up to date on best practices and guidelines when you reopen, with go2HR.

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