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** New public health rules released on Nov. 19, 2020 **

** Click here for more details from BC government COVID website **

** Download important information using the links below **

BC Medical Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced new province-wide restrictions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on November 19, 2020. These include travel restrictions, as well as restrictions on gatherings and new requirements for wearing masks in public. Click on the link above for specific details.

All in-person events and activities on our main campus and natural farm have been cancelled or postponed at least until mid-December, based on the latest public order. In addition, any visitors to our main campus or farm - along with all staff - will be expected to wear a three-ply mask as per the latest provincial requirements. 

** Click here for info on the mask mandate for British Columbia **

These build on earlier orders announced on Saturday, November 7, for two regions of British Columbia: Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health Regions. The orders cover a wide range of events, activities and operations. The Sorrento Centre is in Interior Health Region of BC - which has been impacted by COVID-19, but the numbers are not as high as Fraser and Vancouver Coastal. The earlier public health orders have been extended.

Our commitment to the health and well-being of our guests, staff and neighbours remains strong - and we are committed to meet and exceed all public health orders as well as the best protocols, practices and standards.

We have a comprehensive public health plan that is constantly being reviewed and updated, as required. Our plan has been reviewed by WorkSafeBC. The plan includes:

  • screening of all guests before coming onto our campus.
  • tracking of all visitors.
  • enhanced public health protocols in every part of our operations, from food services to housekeeping.

Please see below for more information... 

** Click here for November 7, 2020, update from Dr Henry and other key info **

A phased approach:

The Sorrento Centre began a gradual re-opening in July of 2020 after being closed from March to June due to public health rules in the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and well-being of our guests, staff and neighbours is our top priority. We have passed inspection by WorkSafeBC - and continue to be diligent in offering a safe and healthy environment in the South Shuswap. We monitor public health and WorkSafeBC and continually review and update our policies and practices.

We follow COVID protocols in our spacious indoor venue:

  • feeling unwell? Please stay at home
  • regularly monitor your health - contact 8-1-1 with any questions or concerns
  • wear your mask when near others
  • practice proper hand and respiratory hygiene
  • maintain proper and healthy physical distance
  • strict limits on number of guests on campus
  • all guests must be registered with contact information

Health and well-being is our priority:

We are committed to meet and exceed the requirements from WorkSafeBC and public health authorities. We continually monitor public health orders and guidelines, as well as WorkSafeBC rules. The rules and recommendations change from time to time with the changing reality of the pandemic. We review and update regularly. To help you plan a visit to the Sorrento Centre this summer, we have developed a detailed health and well-being plan. Posted below are some key information flyers, including:

  • Before you come to the Sorrento Centre;
  • While you are on our main campus and farm;
  • What to do if you get sick during your visit;
  • Proper hand hygiene;
  • Proper respiratory hygiene;
  • An outline of our "banquet" program for eight weeks of summer in 2020; and,
  • Two flyers on safe and healthy use of the public footpath through our main campus.

We also have a detailed health and well-being plan that deals with every part of our operations - from food services to housekeeping to operations and programming. Details will be posted in the coming days.

Our 'safe, slow and small' re-opening plan:

Dr Bonnie Henry, BC's Medical Officer of Health, said this as BC launched phase 3 of its ReStartBC plan: “As we continue to slowly and thoughtfully ease restrictions, British Columbians are making plans for summer travel. Like other activities during our COVID-19 pandemic, summer holidays and travel will be different this year. We encourage British Columbians to be respectful of the communities you plan to visit and be safe as you enjoy the many beautiful locations throughout our province. When you hit the open roads this summer, you are not leaving COVID-19 behind. The precautions you take at home should also be taken when you are away."

Our top priority is the health and well-being of our guests, staff and neighbours.

On May 6, BC Premier John Horgan announced a cautious ReStart BC plan in phases. BC has moved from phase one to phase two, and phase three starts in June. At each stage, there is monitoring and assessment before gradually re-opening more aspects of the social and economic life of the province. The Sorrento Centre is adopting a similar approach. Despite the temptation to ‘fast forward’, our mantra is: safe, slow and small.

*** For more information, download the material posted below... ***

Please contact our office at 250-675-2421 // 1-866-694-2409 or email Executive Director Michael Shapcott at [email protected]