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The Sorrento Centre is closed for in-person gatherings until at least Feb. 5, 2021, in compliance with the latest public health restrictions. We are continuing to monitor the dynamic situation to ensure that we meet and exceed all standards.
We will re-open the Sorrento Centre to in-person events once it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we offer some events on-line.
Although the Centre is closed for in-person gatherings until the restrictions are lifted by public health, we are accepting registrations for events later in the year. If the public health restrictions are extended past early February and we are forced to postpone or cancel future events, we will provide a full refund.
BC Medical Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced new province-wide restrictions in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on November 19, 2020, updated them on Jan. 7, 2021. These include travel restrictions, as well as restrictions on gatherings and new requirements for wearing masks in public. Click on the links above for specific details from the BC government and the BC Centre for Disease Control.
All in-person events and activities on our main campus and natural farm have been cancelled or postponed at least through to Feb. 5, based on the latest public orders. In addition, any visitors to our main campus or farm - along with all staff - must wear a three-ply mask as per the latest provincial requirements.
Our commitment to the health and well-being of our guests, staff and neighbours remains strong - and we will 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. Our plan has been reviewed by WorkSafeBC. The plan includes:
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A phased approach:
Starting in late June of 2020, the Sorrento Centre was able to begin a gradual re-opening after being closed from March to June due to public health rules in the COVID-19 pandemic. We passed inspection by WorkSafeBC - and continue to be diligent in offering a safe and healthy environment in the South Shuswap. We continued to monitor public health and WorkSafeBC and continually review and update our policies and practices.
We safely welcomed small groups of people over the summer and early fall, meeting all public health and WorkSafeBC requirements. We were required to close in-person operations in late November to meet the new public health rules that were created to respond to the "second wave" of COVID-19 in BC. As noted above, these rules have been updated regularly since then, and are in place until at least the first week of February, 2021.
We do not yet know the date for a gradual re-opening in 2021, or the particular rules that might be established, but we think that the process we adopted in 2020 offers helpful insight. We followed COVID protocols throughout our 24-acre main campus, the waterfront and our 8-acre natural farm. These included:
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 those who were planning a visit to the Sorrento Centre in 2020, we developed a detailed health and well-being plan, which we have regularly updated. We expect the 2020 plan, and the improvements, will be the basis for our eventual re-opening in 2021. Posted below are some key information flyers that we developed for our safe, slow and small gradual re-opening in 2020, including:
We created a detailed health and well-being plan that deals with every part of our operations - from food services to housekeeping to operations and programming, which has been reviewed by a WorkSafeBC inspector.
Our 'safe, slow and small' re-opening plan of 2020:
Dr Bonnie Henry, BC's Medical Officer of Health, said this as BC launched phase 3 of its ReStartBC plan in June of 2020: “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."
On May 6, 2020, BC Premier John Horgan announced a cautious ReStart BC plan in phases. BC has moved from phase one to phase two, and phase three started in June of 2020. 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 adopted a similar approach. Despite the temptation to ‘fast forward’, our mantra is: safe, slow and small.
The materials posted below were useful in 2020, and we think will be a good guideline for 2021 when we are able to re-open.
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Please contact our office at 250-675-2421 // 1-866-694-2409 or email Executive Director Michael Shapcott at [email protected]