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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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Summary

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

NEWS 1130 is working hard to get you the information you need about the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are responding to your questions in a segment we call NEWS 1130 Gets Answers.

Question:

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

Answer:

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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