The BC government announced on March 29 a three-week "circuit breaker" with additional pandemic restrictions. The Sorrento Centre is committed to meet and exceed public health and WorkSafeBC requirements and we are immediately implementing all new measures that apply to our Centre to ensure the health and well-being of our staff, guests and neighbours.
The Sorrento Centre is closed for in-person gatherings (except for outdoor worship, which is now allowed) until further notice, in compliance with the public health restrictions. We continue to monitor the dynamic situation to ensure we meet and exceed all standards.
New public health rules released on March 23 allow for outdoor worship. We are resuming Wild Church Sorrento gatherings in partnership with Wild Church BC. Check our event listings for upcoming outdoor worship events.
As we continue to navigate through the public health crisis, we offer events on-line.
We are also planning a wide range of in-person events, and will gradually re-open our beloved Centre once it is safe to do so and public health authorities have approved our re-opening.
We expect to be allowed re-open our Centre gradually, as we did successfully in the summer of 2020 (more information on that below). There could be restrictions on the number of guests allowed on campus, as well as travel restrictions, and perhaps other rules. We monitor the dynamic public health situation and regularly update our plans.
Although the Centre is closed for in-person gatherings (except for outdoor worship, which is allowed), we have started planning for in-person events later in the year. We are accepting registrations for future events. If public health restrictions require us to postpone or cancel future events, we will provide a full refund.
We are capping the number of registrations for in-person events for the summer of 2021. If the number of registrations exceeds the cap, we will start a wait list. We will welcome as many guests as are permitted under the public health rules at the time of the events.
BC Medical Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry extended the province-wide restrictions in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on Feb. 5, 2021. At a press conference, she said: "We are on a good trajectory, but it could change very quickly... We need to protect the progress we have made and not squander our progress.”
Please use the links above for the full details on the current restrictions, and on COVID-19 in British Columbia.
Any visitors to our main campus and natural farm, including contractors and others, are required to wear a mask.
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.
Our comprehensive and up-to-date pandemic plan
We developed a comprehensive public health plan in the spring of 2020 to guide us through the gradual re-opening of our Centre from late June to mid-November of 2020. Our plan was reviewed and approved by WorkSafeBC and it is being constantly being reviewed and updated.
We expect that our successful 2020 plan will serve as the basis for our gradual re-opening in 2021, along with any new measures required by public health officials. Our 2020 plan included:
You'll find more information about our 2020 pandemic plan below, and in the attached documents.
A phased approach in 2020:
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 were diligent in offering a safe and healthy environment in the South Shuswap. We continued to monitor public health and WorkSafeBC and continually updated our policies and practices.
We safely welcomed small groups of people from late June to mid-November, 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.
We followed COVID protocols throughout our 24-acre main campus, the waterfront and our 8-acre natural farm. These included:
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 moved from phase one to phase two, and phase three started in June of 2020. At each stage, there was 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 was: 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 after a careful assessment of current public health and WorkSafeBC rules and guidelines.
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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]