COVID 19: Important Update from the BC Craft Brewers Guild Board

Posted March 12, 2020

Good afternoon members,

Please review the following information regarding the COVID -19 outbreak from the Board of the BC Craft Brewers Guild. As the situation continues to change hourly we will continue to update you on any new developments we feel are relevant to our membership.

With the recent impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on a global scale, we recognize that it remains a primary focus for visitors everywhere. We understand and expect the safety of your visitors and employees are your top priority and it is important you communicate that you are following best practices as laid out by trusted provincial and regional health authorities.  Resources you can refer to include recommendations from experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), World Health Organization (WHO), and your local health departments. Standards for hygiene and cleanliness must remain high and you should be addressing sanitation and disinfection throughout your brewery.

The BC Craft Brewers Guild has identified the following areas to help mitigate risk to your staff and customers.

  • Consider the suspension of Growler re-filling at this time. If you opt to continue Growler re-fill service, ensure industry best practices are in place to sanitize all incoming Growlers and refilling equipment.
  • Increasing staff cleaning frequency/protocols. Please note the preventative information for the workplace is here.
  • As health materials become available such as this handwashing poster from government agencies print off and post in your breweries. They will be published here.
  • Encourage patrons to use tap versus paying with cash for purchases.
  • Share your  COVID-19 best practices with other members via our members-only Facebook Group.

Just announced, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is recommending against all travel outside of Canada, and calling for the cancellation of any gatherings of more than 250 people. More details to come.

We will continue to closely monitor developments relating to COVID-19 and update you. For further information on preventing the transmission of COVID-19 please visit BC Centre for Disease Control. To learn more about COVID-19, symptoms, how it spreads and prevention please visit HealthLink BC.

If you have any questions please contact me directy at ken@bccraftbeer.com

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