Last updated: May 29 2020, at 5:00 PM
We know this is a very difficult time for our tourism industry, and that COVID-19 is top of mind for travellers and businesses globally. There is a lot of uncertainty around what our world will look like next month, next week, and even tomorrow; we want to assure you that we are all in this together, and Destination BC is here to support you.
On May 6, 2020, Premier John Horgan announced BC’s Restart Plan, outlining how we will move forward with safely restarting our province. Destination BC is working closely with Minister Beare and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, as well as industry partners from every corner of our province, to assess how tourism fits into the Plan and what our new normal may look like. We will keep you updated on new developments.
May 24–30, 2020, is Tourism Week. Given our industry is struggling with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, this year will be less celebratory, yet still, more than ever we need to show that BC tourism matters. Minister Beare’s most recent letter to industry, sent in conjunction with BC tourism partners, focuses on ways to get involved in this week-long initiative. Read the Tourism Week letter on TIABC’s website.
We also encourage you to read our Minister’s Laying the groundwork for tourism to come back strongly letter, dated May 25, 2020.
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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