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COVID-19: When will B.C. daycares re-open?

Last Updated May 7, 2020 at 1:13 pm PDT

Children's backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. The Saskatchewan Government is offering child-care for parents already working or headed back next month under its reopen plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Summary

Many daycares that closed during the pandemic will re-open in mid-May

New screening and cleaning protocols will be in place for child-care providers

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:

Cameron emailed NEWS 1130, asking, “Does the government have a plan to reopen daycares?”

Answer:

Yes, it does.

Many child-care centres have closed during the pandemic, despite not being ordered to do so by the province. B.C. did, however, urge parents to keep their kids at home if possible.

Some child-care centres have remained open during the pandemic, primarily caring for the children of essential workers.

As some sectors of the economy re-open in mid-May, daycares are expected to re-open and start filling up again.

But daycares will have to follow some new rules to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

They will be required to screen kids and staff for symptoms of COVID-19 and anyone who is even slightly sick will have to stay home. They will also have to increase the amount of cleaning they do.

The province plans to re-open public schools partially in September, with a mix of online and in-person classes.

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