In partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, BC’s Ministry of Health, and other industry partners, we have created an FAQ. This will be continually updated, providing information from BC, national, and international partners to give you the information you need as it relates to travel and tourism. It will help you answer questions from your staff, visitors, and partners.
If you have additional tourism-related questions in regard to COVID-19, please contact us at email@example.com. We will be working with the appropriate officials to source up-to-date answers for you, so please be patient as we work to address your questions as quickly as possible.
On July 1, BC moved to Step 3 of its Restart Plan, allowing Canada-wide recreational travel, a return to normal hours for liquor service at restaurants, bars and pubs with table limits to be determined by the venue, increased capacity for organized indoor and outdoor gatherings, and more.
BC’s tourism industry can find a comprehensive FAQ in our latest Messaging Guidance for July 1 until further notice.
Visit www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restart for details on activites and “new things you can do” during Step 3 of the plan, along with Public Health Orders still in effect, including physical distancing.
As we follow BC’s careful, four-step plan focused on safely getting life back to normal, we must continue working together and following the rules to keep each other safe, and protect our progress.
The Government of Canada continues to advise all Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada. This official global travel advisory includes non-essential travel across the land border into the US, and aboard ships or other vessels.
There are also travel restrictions that limit who can travel to Canada. Until further notice, most people cannot travel to Canada, even if they are immunized, have a valid visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA).
Those who must travel, can learn more about the measures and requirements in place on the provincial government’s Self-quarantine on return to BC page.
Travellers can also find updated travel information on the Government of Canada’s COVID-19: Travel, quarantine and borders page.
Current information on travel can also can be found here on the BC CDC’s Travel page.
Road signs are up at the Alberta/BC border reminding travellers that all travel at this time should be essential. People from any province or territory are subject to the same travel restrictions as everyone in BC.
If you travel to BC for essential reasons from another province or territory, you do not need to self-quarantine when entering BC.
Travel within our province is currently restricted to BC residents only. Review Province-wide restrictions.
For more information provincial travel restrictions, visit BC’s Travel Affected by COVID-19 page.
Air operators have been formally mandated to prevent any travellers with symptoms to board a plane at point of origin, meaning anyone who has symptoms will not be able to come to Canada.
There are also travel restrictions that limit who can travel to Canada.
All people entering Canada by air, sea, or land are required to self-isolate for 14 days even if they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.
Go to the Government of Canada for the latest travel information, travel alerts and advice for travellers without symptoms returning to Canada.
International borders are a federal decision in conversation with the province and assessed risk levels, and border re-openings will depend on the circumstances here and in the country of origin.
For more information, visit BC’s Travel Affected by COVID-19 page.
Learn about Recreation Sites and Trails BC’s ongoing response to COVID-19.
The health and safety of park visitors and staff remains BC Parks’ number one priority throughout this difficult time. In keeping with this commitment to providing safe places and means for BC residents’ to explore nature, BC Parks is providing ongoing updates on the implications to BC Parks campers as orders and annoucnements are made at the provincial level.
Read more on the BC Parks COVID-19 Response page.
All marine passenger vessels, including essential passenger vessels such as ferries and water taxis, must continue following provincial, territorial, local and regional health authority guidance. These could include: reducing the number of passengers, ensuring physical distancing, the wearing of masks, as well as enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures.
A one-year ban for pleasure craft and cruise vessels with more than 100 people operating in Canadian waters has been implemented until February 22, 2022.
A summary of the PHO order – Gatherings and Events (PDF) document can be found here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions#pho-order
Public safety is the number one priority. If an individual is showing symptoms, BC Public Health authorities are asking those individuals to self-isolate in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
Masks are recommended for public indoor settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated.
The Province has developed updated health and safety protocols, which include a move from COVID-19 Safety Plans to communicable disease prevention.
Masks are recommended for public indoor settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated, which includes modes of transportation.
It is important to know what to do in suspected cases of COVID-19 to ensure we all do our part to keep BC safe.
For information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your staff and your community, and what to do if you suspect you have the virus, visit bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19.
Please follow the direction of your local health authority. Call 8-1-1 (or 7-1-1 for the deaf or hard of hearing) for advice and provide them with information about your business, number of staff/visitors, and general operations.
For any health measures or sanitation precautions that need to be taken, please refer to BC’s health experts at the BC Centre for Disease Control.
In Step 3, employers may begin to transition away from maintaining a COVID-19 Safety Plan at their workplace towards communicable disease prevention.
Employers will continue to be supported by WorkSafeBC and the PHO as they transition, and can visit WorkSafeBC’s Preparing for Step 3 of BC’s Restart: Communicable disease prevention page for details, including a comprehensive guide for employers, FAQs, responding to elevated risks, and more.
Employers do not have to have plans approved by WorkSafeBC; however, managing communicable disease at your business is part of an effective Occupational Health and Safety Program. https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/books-guides/communicable-diseaseprevention-guide-employers
Employers must also ensure they are abiding by any relevant orders, notices, or guidance issued by BC’s provincial health officer and the health authority relevant to their workplace.
Learn more by visiting WorkSafeBC’s COVID-19 page.
Housing for workers is typically provided as part of the remuneration package outlined in collective agreements or employment contracts rather than in legislation or regulation. Employers should review their obligations under their collective agreements, employment contracts or company policies. If employers are unsure, they should seek legal advice based on their unique situation. We all know that this is an incredibly difficult time for business and their employees, and we’re encouraging everyone to work together to find workable solutions to the exceptional problems we are all facing.
If you have symptoms and may have been exposed to COVID-19, use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, to help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for the virus. You can complete the assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to.
To arrange for further assessment or testing, call your local primary care provider or 8-1-1, or for deaf or hard of hearing call 7-1-1.
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