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COVID-19: When can I see my B.C. dentist again?

Last Updated May 7, 2020 at 10:26 am PDT

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Dentists will be allowed to re-open for routine appointments in Phase 2 of province's restart plan

Large concerts and conventions still many months away

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Lesley emailed NEWS 1130, asking when she will be able to go back to the dentist.


She could find herself in the dentist’s chair as early as Tuesday, May 19.

That’s when the province’s plan to re-open the economy will kick into gear.

On Wednesday, Premier John Horgan unveiled B.C.’s Restart Plan, saying the province was already in Phase 1 and planning to enter Phase 2 following the Victoria Day long weekend.

Phase 2 will see many routine medical procedures resume, including elective surgeries, non-emergency dental, physiotherapy, massage, chiropractic and in-person counselling appointments.

British Columbians can also expect to return to hair salons, barbers, restaurants, cafes, pubs, museums, art galleries, libraries, and their work offices in mid-May.

If the spread of the coronavirus remains under control, B.C. expects to enter Phase 3 in June or July. That’s when the film industry could return to work as well as campgrounds and movie theatres.

The fourth and final stage will see the 50-person cap on gatherings eliminated, allowing large concerts, conventions, night clubs, and casinos to re-open. But that is likely many months away.

“Phase 4 won’t be enacted until there’s a vaccine, treatments for COVID-19, or community immunity has been achieved,” Horgan said. “Until these things happen, B.C. will not be hosting rock concerts and conventions or any other large gatherings beyond 50 people.”

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