Last updated: January 8, 2021 at 9:00 AM
NEW! By order and direction of the PHO, individuals and businesses in BC must continue to significantly reduce social interactions and travel. The existing order, which began November 19, 2020, has been extended until February 5, 2021.
BC tourism businesses can refer to the Messaging Guidance for January 8-February 5 related to the announcement on provincial restrictions. The document includes messaging and a FAQ.
If you have questions about the PHO order extended on January 7, please contact the BC Ministry of Health or visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions
On June 24, 2020, it was announced that British Columbia is taking the next step in BC’s Restart Plan with a gradual transition to Phase 3, including the smart, safe and respectful return of travel and tourism within the province. This is thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of British Columbians, under the guidance of our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.
As we rediscover and reconnect with all corners of our vast province, we must keep in mind that vacations and travel will be different this year. We are not leaving COVID-19 behind, and we need to continue to do our part to protect the progress we’ve made.
By following the foundational rules that have allowed our province to enter Phase 3—physical distancing, staying home when sick, hand hygiene, wearing masks when necessary, and other protective measures—we can continue on this path together and explore our province, safely.
Of particular importance is planning ahead. While some towns and communities are eager to welcome BC visitors with safety measures in place, others might be hesitant to welcome non-local visitors—everyone must respect local travel advisories from communities that are not ready for visitors.
We want to assure you that we are all in this together, and Destination BC is here to support you.
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.
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.FAQs
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