COVID-19 Best Practices
Businesses and organizations that are not covered by a Provincial Health Officer order may re-open or continue to operate but they are expected to adopt and implement sector safety plans as they are finalized.
GOABC has submitted a Best Management Practices for Outfitting document to government, providing assurances that outfitting businesses are able to operate safely. The comprehensive document is available to all members for download as well as a two page summary which is intended to distill the larger document down to its essential parts.
The Best Practices document is based on the “Five Principles for Every Situation” as was presented by Premier John Horgan in his address to the province on May 6th and provides guidance for those outfitting businesses that wish to operate safely during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. While fishing and hunting have been designated as essential services in British Columbia, the industry still needs to adhere to the orders and guidance provided by the Provincial government, Fishing and Hunting COVID-19 Updates.
Working through all sections of the Best Practices document will enable outfitters to identify the risks in their operation, helping to guide their actions to prevent and control the transmission of COVID-19. Addressing the risks through the principles outlined in this document and the additional resources of the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and WorkSafeBC (WCB) will assist outfitters in developing their protocol for workers and clients.
With over 200 outfitting operations in all areas of the province, it is critical that all outfitting operations in British Columbia (BC) align with COVID-19 orders, direction and safety protocols mandated by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and regional health authorities. The provincial government has not mandated the temporary closure of outfitting operations in BC. However, business operators choosing to operate must take every health and safety precaution for the wellbeing of their employees and clients.
Download the Summary and Best Practices Documents in PDF format below. We have also included a sample Waiver Form for clients to sign releasing the guide outfitter from Liability.