Starting making your plans to return to our beloved Centre... as the Re-Start BC plan moves through the first of four phases to gradually and safely re-open our province. The Sorrento Centre is monitoring the new plan - released on May 25 - and will ensure that we meet and exceed all public health and WorkSafeBC rules and guidelines.
The health and well-being of our guests, staff and neighbours is always our top priority. In the words of the provincial plan: "BC's Restart is a careful, four-step plan focused on protecting people and safely getting life back to normal."
We have opened our RV and camping facilities with a healthy plan for private, family-oriented rest and relaxation.
We will start to welcome small groups on our main campus, and gradually increase the numbers in line with the official rules from public health officials. Check back regularly as we update our plans to conform with the public helath rules. The Sorrento Centre is committed to meet and exceed public health and WorkSafeBC requirements. We monitor the rules and restrictions and are implement all measures that apply to our Centre to ensure the health and well-being of our staff, guests and neighbours.
We will continue to offer events on-line in the spring, and resume on-line events in the fall and winter.
Check out our calendar for a wide range of in-person events already planned. Check back regularly as new events are added.
Our comprehensive pandemic plan for 2021
Our comprehensive pandemic plan for 2021 will be based on the latest public health rules and guidelines. We will build on the comprehensive public health plan we created 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 2020 plan was reviewed and approved by WorkSafeBC.
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]