March 2022


A big thank you to all of our amazing staff and client who have followed the ongoing mask mandate for the past 18 months. We appreciate your support and participation with this.




The management team has discussed the lifted mask mandate and have decided the following:

  -  Effective Friday, March 11th, masks are no longer mandatory within our facility

  -  Any Employee or Service Recipient who wishes to continue wearing their masks are welcome to do so based on personal comfort level

  -  If a Family Member or Home Share Provider requests for an employee to wear a mask when supporting their Individual, employees are asked to please do so

  -  Regular sanitization of all high touch areas will continue

  -  Room capacities will remain the same - please don't congregate in large groups

  -  Encourage adequate physical distancing between individuals


If masks are required again in the future, we will follow all PHO directives.


If you have any questions regarding this update, please feel free to contact the office and we would be happy to discuss with you.


 


February 2022


Some COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and we no longer have to restrict numbers on gatherings. Full capacity is available once again. Our groups are right up to capacity again, which is great news!


We are still required to wear masks as usual and social distance. There is another update from PHO in the coming weeks and we will continue to keep this information as up to date as possible.


 


January 2022


New year means time to refresh ourselves on COVID-19 policies. We are committed to providing an environment that is as safe as possible.


-   Please don't forget, if you're not feeling well, stay home!

-   We will be sanitizing high touch surfaces regularly

-   Masks are mandatory in the main office, residences, and in staff vehicles at all times (unless eating or drinking) unless there is a documented medical reason. If you are unable to wear a mask, please talk to our Programs Coordinator.

-    Planning activities with clients that involve being in the community versus at the office in order to reduce numbers at the office

-    Staff can pre-book rooms for activities with clients and it is recommended to avoid double-booking and being over capacity


New updates to note:

-    Swimming pools now require proof of vaccination and a QR code for entry and they must operate at 50% capacity.

-    There have been some program adjustments at Parkinson Recreation Center until January 24, 2022. If you're unsure if your program is going ahead, please contact them directly at External link opens in new tab or window250.469.8800


With the new variant circulating, we've been advised by BC Public Health to prepare for up to a third of staff to be off at once. We will do our best to make sure that this impacts our services as little as possible, but it may mean that we need to make adjustments on the fly. Please be patient and let us know if you have any questions.


We continue to do our best during these unprecedented times.  If you have any questions about what we are doing, please contact the office and we would be happy to discuss our protocols with you.



 



August 25, 2021


With the recent announcements from the provincial government, we have been getting lots of questions about our requirements and if we are changing any of our policies. At this time, we are taking CLBC's lead and following PHO guidelines. We will continue to require masks, frequent sanitization of high touch surfaces, and watching group sizes and distancing. Please don't forget to remain kind and remember that we are all human. If you have questions regarding our policies or how we are handling the pandemic, please call us and we are more than happy to discuss.

 


April 26, 2021


Provincial health orders have been extended until midnight on May 25, 2021. Travel restrictions have been implemented and are in place until May 25 as well. These orders encourage residents to stay within their community and only participate in essential travel. Recreational travel outside of specified health authority boundaries is discouraged.


We encourage you to continue staying safe and calm. We will continue to provide service updates when possible and we can be contacted any time with questions about what we are doing at our facilities.



 


April 16, 2021


BC Provincial Health has restrictions in place to prohibit dine in at restaurants. Only takeout and patio dining are available, indoor low intensity fitness classes are temporarily cancelled, and indoor religious gatherings are suspended.  Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 individuals are still allowed but the public is advised to continue to use caution and not overdo it. The public is being cautioned to avoid non-essential travel, stay home when you are feeling unwell, and to continue using proper handwashing, masks and physical distancing.


Vaccination appointments are available to our service recipients - watch for your letter from CLBC to find out how to get registered and book your appointment.


At Access, we are continuing to follow all Provincial Health orders at all of our locations. Some of groups are starting back up within the guidelines from Bonnie Henry. As always, if you have any questions about what we are doing, please do not hesitate to reach out to the office and we would be more than happy to discuss them with you.



 

March 15, 2021


BC Provincial Health has updated current restrictions to relax on outdoor group gatherings to now allow gatherings of up to 10 individuals outdoors in parks, beaches and backyards. It is advised that the individuals in the group of 10 should stay the same and groups should not be mixed up. They are also recommending that layers of COVID-19 protection and physical distancing continue to be used. Indoor gatherings of anyone outside of your immediate household are still restricted.


The weather is getting nicer and it may be tempting to gather a large group, but keep the current orders in mind and watch the regular updates.


We will continue to follow all BC Provincial Health orders at all of our locations. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

February 5, 2021


BC Provincial Health has extended the restrictions once again until further notice. We will continue to be creative with our services wherever possible.


We will continue to ensure sanitizing of high touch surfaces happens regularly, masks are worn indoors and numbers in the office are kept manageable. As we hear new updates, we will adjust protocols accordingly.


If you have any questions regarding what we are doing during the pandemic, please feel free to reach out via phone or email and we will be happy to chat with you!


January 7, 2021


BC Provincial Health Officer has extended orders through February 5, 2021. As such, Access Resources will be continuing to follow the PHO's directives and restrictions. Our protocols have not changed and we will still be offering our great services, even if sometimes they look a little bit different.


Don't forget to wash your hands, wear your mask and keep your distance wherever possible. We will continue to share information as it becomes available.


As always, if you ever have any questions regarding any of our pandemic protocols, please reach out to the office and we would be happy to discuss it with you.


December 7, 2020


Access is considered an essential service. As such, we have not had any shut down time thus far during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. We will be continuing to offer services to our clients. The following is our current protocols (Updated December 7, 2020).


·        Regular and thorough sanitization of high touch surfaces

·        We ask that staff and clients do not attend work or programs/services if you are showing signs/symptoms of illness

·        Effective November 1, 2020: Mandatory masks are required in the main office, residences, and in staff vehicles at all times (unless eating or       drinking) unless there is a documented medical reason. If you are unable to wear a mask, please talk to our Programs Coordinator.

·        Planning activities with clients that involve being in the community versus at the office

·        Room capacity numbers are identified for all to abide by

·        Staff can pre-book rooms for activities with clients and it is recommended to avoid double-bookings and being over-capacity

·        Group programs and activities are cancelled until January 8, 2020. Communication has been sent out by program and activity leaders.

·        All holiday parties and our open house have been cancelled



We will continue to follow the Provincial Health Officer’s directives and restrictions while offering the services you have come to know and love, they just may look a little different for now.

If you have any questions regarding what we are doing in regards to the pandemic, please reach out to the office or watch this page for updates.


“Be kind, be calm, be safe.” ~Dr Bonnie Henry