COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness for Business

Preparedness Guide for Business

March 16 Update: Please visit here for all resources around prevention, preparedness and recovery.

Should COVID-19 escalate, some of the things businesses need to plan for include:

  • Staff absences
  • Service disruption
  • Supply chain disruption
  • Increase / decrease in demand for products or services
  • Cancelation of travel, meetings and events
  • Increased public fear

To help businesses prepare for and manage through a potential COVID-19 escalation, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has prepared a Business Preparedness Guide, which we encourage you to utilize. 

Read the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s letter to the Federal Government.


Our absolute best defense against getting sick or spreading illness to other people is to create a culture of infection prevention, similar to what we do for influenza prevention. Wash your hands. Stay home if you are sick. Call 811 if you are concerned you may be sick.

 As of this time, Health Authorities have issued a directive to cancel events over 250 people, and to avoid all non essential travel outside of Canada, including the US. We will continue to monitor this advice and update you if the situation changes. 

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control also recommends social distancing (maintain one metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing), forgoing usual greetings (avoiding handshakes), and, most importantly, staying home if you are experiencing any illness.

For more information, please go to Vancouver Coastal Health, who have updates on the situation, risk management and FAQs. B.C’s Chief Medical Officer will provide daily updates at 3.30pm here.