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BC Phase 2 Reopening: Tsawwassen Mills

Tsawwassen Mills has opened for business. It is one of the popular malls and features clearance and outlet stores from major vendors.

Stores open and line ups

The majority of the stores at Tsawwassen Mills are open, such as lululemon and Nike. Major stores that are not open include: Victoria’s Secret, PINK by Victoria’s Secret.

Many stores do have two line-ups: one for general merchandise shopping to allow customers to browse through the store and one for returns.

Not all stores have a line up as it depends on the stores capacity. Store capacities may vary from store to store. Stores that you can expect to have line ups include: lululemon, Nike, Adidas, H&M, Calvin Klein and Winners.

For a list of stores that are open, please visit Tsawwassen Mills’ website and filter by stores that are open.

Due to the nature of Tsawwassen Mills being an outlet mall, many vendors, such as lululemon, DO NOT offer pick up in store at this location. Check with your vendors to confirm.

For sanitation purposes, many stores such as Sport Chek do not allow guests to try on clothes. Stores like lululemon and Garage do allow guests to try on clothes. Check with the store to see if this is an option for you. If you cannot try on clothes, you can always buy it and return it at a later time.

Digital signage for store directory has been turned off to reduce frequent touch points. The mall directory is available on the website and the mall offers free wireless internet to guests. The mall also offers a phone number for patrons to text if they need assistance.

Although no stores require patrons to wear a mask, many stores do force or recommend customers to sanitize their hands with hand sanitizers that are provided.

The mall has also removed many of the typical seatings in the corridor to reduce contact. If visiting Tsawwassen Mills, expect to stand as much as if you were at Disneyland.

Food court and dining

The food court on May 31, 2020. Photo: Andy Shen

The food court is in limited operations with tables spaced apart to allow for social distancing, with half of the vendors open for business.

Restaurants at the mall are open and most only have carry-out options.

Flow of Traffic

Directional signage at Tsawwassen Mills. Photo: Andy Shen

There is still bidirectional traffic down the corridor, but the mall would like patrons to walk down the right hand side of the hallway.

Tsawwassen Mills has put signage on the ground and in displays showing the flow of traffic, while reminding guests to maintain two-metre separation.

Stay home if sick

Reminder: BC is still in Phase 2 of the Restart BC plan. COVID is still a risk to British Columbians.

When out in public, make sure you maintain a two metre separation between you and others. If you believe that you have come into contact with the virus, wear a mask. Masks help keep your virus in to prevent it from being spread.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, which includes a fever, cough or shortness of breath, stay home.

One last thing

Formerly Forever 21. Photo: Andy Shen

Forever 21 announced the closure of their Canadian stores back in 2019. Many stores are struggling as closing for several weeks and months have resulted limited cash flow and some retailers have filed for bankruptcy or announced closure of stores.

Make sure you support your favourite retailers and make sure you support small businesses in your community. Together, we can get through this.

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COVID-19 Update: May 30, 2020

11 new cases in BC (total: 2573; Δ 0.4%)
902 VCH (prev: 900; Δ 2; 0.2%; 35.1% of all)
1285 FHA (prev: 1277; Δ 8; 0.6%; 49.9% of all)
195 IHA (prev: 195; Δ 0; 0.0%; 7.6% of all)
127 VIHA (prev: 127; Δ 0; 0.0%; 4.9% of all)
64 NHA (prev: 63; Δ 1; 1.6%; 2.5% of all)
Total Active Cases: 228; 8.9% of total
Δ 0 (-0.0%)

35 Hospitalized (prev: 34; Δ 1; 2.9%; 1.4% of total)
5 ICU (prev: 6; Δ -1; -16.7%; 0.2% of total)
2181 recovered (prev: 2170; Δ 11; 0.5%; 84.8% of total)
164 deaths to date (prev: 164; Δ 0; 0.0%; 6.4% of total)
Recovery Rate: 84.8% Δ 0.1%

Outbreaks

No new healthcare outbreaks to report. Evergreen House and Harold Park (first outbreak) are declared over. 14 outbreaks continue; 13 in long-term care continue and 1 in acute care. 3 additional residents tested positive in long-term. 340 residents 214 staff members affected.

No new community outbreaks.

Restart BC Updates

Students in K-12 will go back to school on Monday. Bonnie Henry said that this decision was made because they felt that students and teachers are able to go back to school safely.

77 individuals under the age of 19 have tested positive for COVID-19 in British Columbia. They have been watched this numbers. They purposely timed this over one to two incubation period to see if there is an increase in cases before continue to restart B.C. This is a cautious approach.

Provincial Health Order on Overnight Camps for Children and Youth

Dr. Bonnie Henry has issued a provincial health order on overnight camps for children and youth. In this order:

1. A person who owns or occupies or is otherwise responsible for camping facilities which cater to children and youth must not operate, or permit anyone else to operate, the facilities for the purpose of providing overnight camps for children and youth.

2. No person may operate an overnight camp for children and youth.

ORDER OF THE PROVINCIAL HEALTH OFFICER
Overnight Camps for Children and Youth
(Pursuant to Sections 30, 31, 32 and 39 (3) Public Health Act, S.B.C. 2008)

This Order does not have an expiration date.

New Cases

Numbers will be posted at around 5 p.m. on Monday. Check back later.

#Health RegionGenderAgeSetting
1Vancouver Coastal
2Vancouver Coastal
3Fraser Health
4Fraser Health
5Fraser Health
6Fraser Health
7Fraser Health
8Fraser Health
9Fraser Health
10Fraser Health
11Northern Health

Breakdown by Health Authorities

Complete numbers will be posted at around 5 p.m. on Monday. Check back later.

Health AuthorityVCHFHAIHAVIHANHA
Active Cases140
– Community118
– Hospital21
– – Intensive Care1
Recovered1074
Deaths8671250
Total Cases902128519512764
Cases per 100,00072.867.024.314.921.3
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BC Phase 2 Reopening: Coquitlam Centre

Popular stores like lululemon, Apple, Best Buy (use outdoor entrance), grocery stores like Walmart and T&T, big box stores like London Drugs, and Golf Town are open.

Personal service establishments like the dentist, barbers (Esquire Barbers but not Sparky’s), optometry (Pearl Vision) are open but an appointment may be required. Call your professional to book.

Other stores open now include but are not limited to Aritzia, Sport Chek, Garage, Below The Belt, Suzy Shier, Purdys, Champs, Ardene, Ben Moss, Ann Louise, Pandora, EB Games, Guess, American Eagle Outfitters, Uniqlo, H&M, Sephora, RW and Co and Dynamite. Coquitlam Centre website has a comprehensive list of stores that are open.

Asian establishments like T&T and Uniqlo require an IR forehead temperature check to enter the establishment. T&T additionally requires a mask to enter. Each store will have its own policy and they will inform you of the policy when you talk to the staff member at the entrance.

Food Court

The empty food court at Coquitlam Centre. There are limited food options as some vendors have not restarted operations (Photo: Andy Shen)

Most food court vendors are closed. McDonald’s is closed. Gazba Persian Grill, Kobe Japanese Grill, Chachi’s, Jugo Juice, Thai Express are the only vendors open.

Tables have been adjusted to allow for social distancing acceptable to provincial regulations.

Line Ups and Returns

Line up stickers are put on the ground to indicate where people should stand in the line up to allow for 6 feet social distancing. (Photo: Andy Shen)

Lineups everywhere to limit the number of people in stores to allow social distancing. Stores like lululemon in Coquitlam Centre have a temporary limit of 8 guests at any given time. These limits vary depending on store size and whether individuals can maintain distancing.

These social distancing measures are temporary and will be lifted once COVID-19 is declared over. There might be an influx of customers at the mall due to returns. I noticed a lot of customers walking into the mall with their mail-order products, likely to return merchandise within store policy.

If you are returning merchandise, stores like lululemon and Apple have extended their return policy. Check your stores website or contact the store for more information.

Payment Methods

If you are visiting the mall with only cash, you might be limited to what you can purchase. Use of digital payment methods (American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Apple Pay and others) are recommended when accepted. The use of cash has been discouraged.

If you need to purchase something from a store that only accepts credit cards and you don’t have a credit card, you can visit Walmart or any grocery store to purchase pre-paid credit cards.

Online orders and returns

Coquitlam Centre Curbside Pickup (Photo: Andy Shen)

Online pick-up is available for most stores. Order online (ie at lululemon.com or apple.ca) and pick up at the door without needing to line up. If your store supports curbside pick up, stalls are available near Dollarama.

After you arrive at Coquitlam Centre and park at the curbside pickup stall, call the store and let them know your stall number. If your store supports curbside pickup, a staff member will come out to give you your purchase.

Stay home

Some stores will take longer to open up. They want to get it right and want to prevent viruses from being spread. Be patient.

If you’re sick, stay home. If you’re out, maintain 6 feet separation (length of a lululemon yoga mat). Wear a mask if possible. Symptoms of COVID include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

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COVID-19 Update: May 29, 2020

JurisdictionTodayYesterdayChangeChange %Total %
BC25622558Δ 4+0.2%
VCH900899Δ 1+0.1%35.1%
FHA12771274Δ 30.2%49.8%
IHA195195Δ 00%7.6%
VIHA127127Δ 00%5.0%
NHA6363Δ 00%2.5%

Total Active Cases: 228; Δ -13 (-0.5%); 8.9% of total

34 Hospitalized (prev: 33; Δ 1; 3.0%; 1.3% of total)
6 ICU (prev: 6; Δ 0; 0.0%; 0.2% of total)
2170 recovered (prev: 2153; Δ 17; 0.8%; 84.7% of total)
164 deaths to date (prev: 164; Δ 0; 0.0%; 6.4% of total)
Recovery Rate: 84.7% Δ 0.5%

Outbreaks and Deaths

“There have been no new COVID-19 related deaths in the last day, for a total of 164 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks. In total, 15 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care unit have active outbreaks.

“Public health teams continue to provide support for community outbreaks at federal corrections facilities, the processing facilities in the poultry sector and for individuals connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

“WorkSafeBC’s COVID-19 guidance has been developed through a collaboration of public health and workplace experts. The comprehensive guidance balances creating opportunities to safely restart many activities and the ability to protect everyone as we do that.

New Cases

1 new resident in LTC in Fraser Health was found positive with COVID-19. The age of this resident is over the age of 90. The other four are in the community.

#Health RegionGenderAgeSetting
1Vancouver CoastalMale30-39Community
2Fraser HealthFemale20-29Community
3Fraser HealthFemale20-29Community
4Fraser HealthFemale40-49Community
5Fraser HealthFemale90+LTC Resident

Breakdown by Health Authority

Health AuthorityVCHFHAIHAVIHANHA
Active Cases82138512
– Community69120401
– Hospital1318111
– – Intensive Care41001
Recovered732106818812161
Deaths8671250
Total Cases900127719512763
Cases per 100,00072.666.624.314.921.0
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COVID-19 Update: May 28, 2020

8 new cases in BC (total: 2558; Δ 0.3%)
899 VCH (prev: 899; Δ 0; 0.0%; 35.1% of all)
1274 FHA (prev: 1267; Δ 7; 0.6%; 49.8% of all)
195 IHA (prev: 194; Δ 1; 0.5%; 7.6% of all)
127 VIHA (prev: 127; Δ 0; 0.0%; 5.0% of all)
63 NHA (prev: 63; Δ 0; 0.0%; 2.5% of all)
Total Active Cases: 241; 9.4% of total
Δ -3 (-0.1%)

33 Hospitalized (prev: 37; Δ -4; -10.8%; 1.3% of total)
6 ICU (prev: 7; Δ -1; -14.3%; 0.2% of total)
2153 recovered (prev: 2144; Δ 9; 0.4%; 84.2% of total)
164 deaths to date (prev: 162; Δ 2; 1.2%; 6.4% of total)
Recovery Rate: 84.2% Δ 0.1%

Outbreaks and Deaths

There is one new outbreak at Nicola Lodge in Port Coquitlam.

Currently, there are 16 active outbreaks. 15 in long-term care and 1 in acute care. 550 cases including 338 residents and 212 staff.

There are no new community outbreaks. The outbreak at the Mission Correctional Facility is declared over as no new cases have presented over 2 incubation periods.

There are 2 deaths in long-term care in Fraser Health.

Provincial Health Orders

Dr. Bonnie Henry said that she has updated the provincial health orders on vendor markets (i.e. farmers markets). She said that vendor markets can now sell merchandise (on top of food – fruits and vegetables).

Illicit Drug Overdose

117 died in April died of illicit drug overdose. Dr. Bonnie Henry is worried about these numbers. These are our young men and women in our society — they are dying alone. Part of the problem is that there is stigma attached to illicit drug overdose. We need to be mindful of other health emergencies happening around the province.

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COVID-19 Update: May 27, 2020

9 new cases in BC (total: 2550; Δ 0.4%)
899 VCH (prev: 897; Δ 2; 0.2%; 35.3% of all)
1267 FHA (prev: 1261; Δ 6; 0.5%; 49.7% of all)
194 IHA (prev: 194; Δ 0; 0.0%; 7.6% of all)
127 VIHA (prev: 127; Δ 0; 0.0%; 5.0% of all)
63 NHA (prev: 62; Δ 1; 1.6%; 2.5% of all)
Total Active Cases: 244; 9.6% of total
Δ -14 (-0.6%)

37 Hospitalized (prev: 37; Δ 0; 0.0%; 1.5% of total)
7 ICU (prev: 7; Δ 0; 0.0%; 0.3% of total)
2144 recovered (prev: 2122; Δ 22; 1.0%; 84.1% of total)
162 deaths to date (prev: 161; Δ 1; 0.6%; 6.4% of total)
Recovery Rate: 84.1% Δ 0.6%

Outbreaks

“There have been no new health-care outbreaks. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care unit have active outbreaks.

“Public health teams continue to provide support for community outbreaks at federal corrections facilities, the processing facilities in the poultry sector and for individuals connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

“COVID-19 has a two-week incubation period, which means any new cases that are a result of the easing of restrictions will start to appear over the coming week.

“Once we have a good understanding of how we are doing in mid-June, we’ll have the data we need to determine our timing for further actions.

“This slow and thoughtful approach is our ‘new normal.’ It is grounded in what we know about COVID-19 today and will continue to be adapted as we learn more in the weeks and months ahead.”

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COVID-19 Update: May 26, 2020

According to the BCCDC, COVID-19 risk in BC is currently very low.

11 new cases in BC (total: 2541; Δ 0.4%)
897 VCH (prev: 894; Δ 3; 0.3%; 35.3% of all)
1261 FHA (prev: 1253; Δ 8; 0.6%; 49.6% of all)
194 IHA (prev: 194; Δ 0; 0.0%; 7.6% of all)
127 VIHA (prev: 127; Δ 0; 0.0%; 5.0% of all)
62 NHA (prev: 62; Δ 0; 0.0%; 2.4% of all)
Total Active Cases: 258; 10.2% of total
Δ -9 (-0.4%)

37 Hospitalized (prev: 37; Δ 0; 0.0%; 1.5% of total)
7 ICU (prev: 7; Δ 0; 0.0%; 0.3% of total)
2122 recovered (prev: 2102; Δ 20; 1.0%; 83.5% of total)
161 deaths to date (prev: 161; Δ 0; 0.0%; 6.3% of total)
Recovery Rate: 83.5% Δ 0.4%

Summary

  • Most regions have reported very few cases in recent weeks.
  • No deaths were reported today.
  • The vast majority of recent cases had a known source of infection.
  • The proportion of people who tested positive remains low.
  • The number of reported cases among children remains low, few required hospitalization and none have died.
  • Few outbreaks were reported recently.
  • The number of cases in hospital and critical care continues to decrease.

Outbreaks

“There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks and the outbreak at Richmond Hospital is now declared over. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care unit have active outbreaks.

“Public health teams continue to provide support for community outbreaks at federal corrections facilities, the processing facilities in the poultry sector and for individuals connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

“We know that COVID-19 continues to be in all of our communities and will be for some time. We also know that transmission occurs when in close contact with others, so the measures we have in place are the best things we can do to slow the spread of the virus.

“While we have worked hard to flatten our curve, as we increase our social interactions and spend more time with others, we may see an increase in new cases. This is because the illness often can be mild or asymptomatic in the early stages, which means people may not realize they are sick.

“The faster we can identify and trace new cases, the better we will all be – especially as we ease restrictions.

“Public health contact tracing follows the transmission trail to quickly alert close contacts to take precautions and break the chain.

“We can help our public health teams and support each other by keeping our household bubbles small. We can also do our own ‘contact tracing’ by paying attention to where we are going each day and who we are seeing.

“As we go forward, our ‘new normal’ is different and will be for some time. We all have a role to play to be successful in B.C. and it relies on our shared commitment and effort. Bigger spaces with fewer faces will keep all of us safe.”

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COVID-19 Update: May 25, 2020

Bonnie Henry said today that there has been significant progress in British Columbia. “We are moving forward,” Henry said. “Our success so far, and our ability to ease restrictions relies on our shared commitment and effort and we need that to continue.”

All figures are for two days, Saturday to Monday, as British Columbia does not report on Sundays.

13 new cases in two days in BC (total: 2530; Δ 0.5%)
894 VCH (prev: 890; Δ 4; 0.4%; 35.3% of all)
1253 FHA (prev: 1244; Δ 9; 0.7%; 49.5% of all)
194 IHA (prev: 194; Δ 0; 0.0%; 7.7% of all)
127 VIHA (prev: 127; Δ 0; 0.0%; 5.0% of all)
62 NHA (prev: 62; Δ 0; 0.0%; 2.5% of all)
Total Active Cases: 267; 10.6% of total
Δ -36 (-1.5%)

37 Hospitalized (prev: 39; Δ -2; -5.1%; 1.5% of total)
7 ICU (prev: 8; Δ -1; -12.5%; 0.3% of total)
2102 recovered (prev: 2057; Δ 45; 2.2%; 83.1% of total)
161 deaths to date (prev: 157; Δ 4; 2.5%; 6.4% of total)
Recovery Rate: 83.1% Δ 1.4%

Outbreaks

There are 14 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care homes, and two ongoing outbreaks in acute care facilities.

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COVID-19 Update: May 23, 2020

10 new cases in BC (total: 2517; Δ 0.4%)
890 VCH (prev: 888; Δ 2; 0.2%; 35.4% of all)
1244 FHA (prev: 1236; Δ 8; 0.6%; 49.4% of all)
194 IHA (prev: 194; Δ 0; 0.0%; 7.7% of all)
127 VIHA (prev: 127; Δ 0; 0.0%; 5.0% of all)
62 NHA (prev: 62; Δ 0; 0.0%; 2.5% of all)
Total Active Cases: 303; 12.0% of total
Δ -7 (-0.3%)

39 Hospitalized (prev: 41; Δ -2; -4.9%; 1.5% of total)
8 ICU (prev: 8; Δ 0; 0.0%; 0.3% of total)
2057 recovered (prev: 2042; Δ 15; 0.7%; 81.7% of total)
157 deaths to date (prev: 155; Δ 2; 1.3%; 6.2% of total)
Recovery Rate: 81.7% Δ 0.3%

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COVID-19 Update: May 22, 2020

28 new cases in BC (total: 2507; Δ 1.1%) **
888 VCH (prev: 887; Δ 1; 0.1%; 35.4% of all)
1236 FHA (prev: 1223; Δ 13; 1.1%; 49.3% of all)
194 IHA (prev: 183; Δ 11; 6.0%; 7.7% of all)
127 VIHA (prev: 126; Δ 1; 0.8%; 5.1% of all)
62 NHA (prev: 60; Δ 2; 3.3%; 2.5% of all)
Total Active Cases: 310; 12.4% of total
Δ 3 (-0.0%)

41 Hospitalized (prev: 43; Δ -2; -4.7%; 1.6% of total)
8 ICU (prev: 8; Δ 0; 0.0%; 0.3% of total)
2042 recovered (prev: 2020; Δ 22; 1.1%; 81.5% of total)
155 deaths to date (prev: 152; Δ 3; 2.0%; 6.2% of total)
Recovery Rate: 81.5% Δ -0.0%

** Nine of the cases in Interior Health and one case in Island Health are individuals associated with the Kearl Lake outbreak, who completed their self-isolation in Alberta and have since recovered.

“We are saddened to report three new COVID-19 related deaths in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 155 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to the family, friends and caregivers of these individuals, as well as to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There have been no new health-care outbreaks, and the outbreak at Lions Gate Hospital has been declared over. In total, 14 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care units have active outbreaks.

“Public health teams continue to provide support for community outbreaks at the Mountain Institution and Mission Institution – both federal corrections facilities, at the Oppenheimer Group, facilities in the poultry sector and with those connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.

Surveillance Reports: