Pandemic safety plan

Our commitment to health + well-being

Latest update: 11 March 2022 – the information in this article is dated and archived.

The Sorrento Centre is committed to the health and well-being of our guests, staff and neighbours. We will meet and exceed public health and WorkSafeBC rules and guidelines in all parts of our operations – from food services to housekeeping to programming. 

The Sorrento Centre’s Safety Plan includes detailed components for all parts of our operations, starting from before arrival and moving through all aspects of our life and work. We do ongoing assessments to identify risks and mitigations. We send information electronically to registered guests, we provide additional materials on registration and we have signs posted around our campus with key safety guidelines.

Over the past two years, we have cancelled, postponed or restricted a large number of events and activities in order to meet public health rules. We regret having to cancel events – but we do not apologize for making the health and well-being of our guests, staff and neighbours our top priority.

For the status of upcoming events, please check our on-line calendar.  

There are specific requirements for all of BC, including the Interior Health region of BC (where the Sorrento Centre is located). 

Interior Health public health rules

Proof of vaccination: Effective immediately, Sorrento Centre will be requiring proof of vaccination for all guests 12 and older who participate in indoor events on site, including our summer programming, in order to comply with current Public Health Orders.

Everyone 12 and older will be required to show suitable proof of vaccination. For those 18 and older, they will also be required to show government-issued ID as well as proof of vaccination. Acceptable proof of vaccination includes the BC vaccination card, the Canada vaccination card or other vaccination information.

We will continue to monitor the dynamic public health environment and further changes may be required in our policies and practices.

Guests and visitors will be informed before arrival whether the event or activity that they are attending will require a valid BC vaccine card or other proof of vaccination from out-of-province.

Vaccination mandate for BC

The Sorrento Centre hosted a mobile vaccination clinic on our main campus in June. We encourage all of our staff, guests, visitors and neighbours to be fully vaccinated. 

Interior Health vaccination clinic schedule

Please observe the signs and follow the directions of Sorrento Centre staff. Please do not move tables or chairs in our indoor and outdoor dining areas as they are spaced to meet current rules and guidelines. 

The pandemic has been dynamic since its onset in March of 2020. Rules and guidelines are changed to meet the current realities. The Sorrento Centre daily monitors key public health and WorkSafeBC rules and guidelines and updates our plan as required. While the rules have been gradually easing in June and July as the key COVID indicators move in the right direction, there are ongoing restrictions including international travel. We observe all the rules and will adjust our plan as required.

General welcome info for the Sorrento Centre

Key documents are posted below and can be downloaded.

SAFETY PLAN: Our overall Safety Plan includes information on the key elements of Phase 3 of ReStart BC, plus our screening as well as risk assessment and actions. See the list below to download our current high-level COVID safety plan.

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE: All guests, staff and visitors must self-screen and pre-screen before coming onto our main campus or natural farm. If you are feeling sick, please contact HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 for further information. 

FACEMASKS: Wearing masks in public indoor settings is not required by public health. Wearing a mask is a personal choice.

HAND HYGIENE: Frequently wash your hands and use the hand sanitizer in stations around the campus, including in the dining area. Good hand hygiene is important in limiting the spread of many communicable diseases!

SNEEZE HYGIENE: Facemasks are a good way to prevent spread of disease and are recommended. In addition, practice proper sneeze hygiene, including covering your nose and mouth with your elbow if you have to sneeze. 

IF YOU FEEL SICK AFTER ARRIVING: If you start to feel sick after you have arrived, please self-isolate and self-assess. Contact HealthLink 8-1-1. Contact our office. If necessary, we will assist you in connecting with health officials. If a person is required to be quarantined, we will make arrangements.

TRAVELLING OFF CAMPUS / FARM: Our guests (and staff) often visit parks, community locations, restaurants and other businesses in the region. Please respect all the safety rules for each location. There are off-site events organized by the Sorrento Centre. Please follow the safety rules of the trip organizer. 

ARCHIVED MATERIAL: Information about our pandemic plans going back to March of 2020 have been archived.

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