COVID-19

The monitoring of, and response to, COVID-19 is being led by Local, Provincial and Federal Health Authorities (not local government).  It is important to make sure we rely on facts and have strong sources of information in our arsenal.

COVID-19 Info

Current Status (June 24.20)

  • Public Health Emergency declared, effective March 17, 2020.
  • Provincial State of Emergency declared, effective until July 7, 2020 (updates come in 2 week increments).
  • BC Restart Plan is currently in Phase 3 of 4.

Physical Distancing Orders

  • No gatherings of more than 50 people.
  • You may now carefully expand your “social bubble” (i.e. allowing hugs between households if they agree to be in each others’ bubbles), keeping in mind that every person added impacts everyone in the bubble.
  • Gather in small groups of no more than six people, but continue to maintain your physical distance between social bubbles.
  • Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor gatherings.
  • Self-isolate if you are sick, even if it is not COVID-19.
  • Non-medical masks may be worn when keeping physical distance isn’t possible to help keep those around you safe.
  • Enhanced quarantine compliance procedures are in place for travellers entering the country.

Health Care

  • COVID-19 testing criteria changes regularly. Take the online self-assessment tool or call 8-1-1 if you have symptoms to check whether you should be tested.
  • Choose virtual health care services whenever available.
  • Physician notes are NOT required for prescription refills by pharmacists.
  • Workers and volunteers in long-term care may no longer work at multiple facilities.
  • Elective surgeries and procedures have restarted with new surgical renewal plan in place.

Government Services

  • BC Service Centres will stay open, but the first hour of service is dedicated to seniors and other vulnerable people. You can also call for service: 1-800-663-7867.
  • In-Person Canada Service Centres are now closed. Apply for benefits online.
  • BC211 is available to match volunteers with seniors in need of help with groceries, etc. Call 2-1-1 or visit online.

Recreation & Outdoors

  • Restrictions on open burning activities in effect. Read More.
  • Most municipal parks and playgrounds are open.
  • BC Parks have re-opened for day-use and camping. Check online for the current status of your park before you go.
  • National parks, historic sites, and campsites are re-opening. Check online before you go.
  • Beginning June 22, 2020, Parks Canada will open some front country campgrounds in a limited capacity and additional visitor information services in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks. Backcountry campgrounds will also begin to open as conditions in the backcountry allow.

Labour & Businesses

  • Public Health Officer Guidance (pdf) for industries and employers.
  • All employers must have a Workplace COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Employers cannot require a doctor's note or testing for people to stay home from work.
  • Commercial landlords who are eligible for the CECRA are restricted from evicting their eligible commercial tenants.
  • Companies looking to offer support or supplies to help with the fight against COVID-19 can do so through the COVID-19 Supplier Hub.
  • Workers may take unpaid, job-protected leave if they are unable to work for reasons relating to COVID-19, retroactive to Jan 27, 2020.

Travel & Borders

  • Travel within BC is now permitted.
  • All Canadian borders are closed to non-essential travellers. Travellers must not show any signs of illness and are required to carry out a mandatory 14-day Quarantine.
  • Travellers entering the country must self-isolate for fourteen days.
  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms will be actively refused boarding onto all aircraft and trains, including for travel within Canada.
  • Temperature screening is now required at all airports as well as at points of departure for those travelling inbound into Canada.
  • Canadians currently abroad are strongly advised to return to Canada. Call 1-613-996-8885 or email sos@international.gc.ca for assistance.
  • Reduction in service at Canadian land border crossings in effect.
  • All international flights (including from the USA) entering British Columbia will be restricted to YVR only.
Regional Snapshots:

The snapshots provide a summary of the day's updates and announcements by the Provincial and Federal Governments, along with other regional information.

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

COVID-19 Phone Numbers:

There are a number of information lines set up to assist people with COVID-19 Inquiries, including:

  • COVID-19 Information Line **FOR NON HEALTH INFORMATION** - 1-888-268-4319. Open seven days a week, from 7:30 am to 8 pm PST
  • 811 - dial 811 for COVID-19 and non-COVID health related information
  • 211 - seniors looking for support with groceries, medication pick up, other supplies (or volunteers willing to help seniors) can dial 211 or visit www.bc211.ca
COVID-19 Online Links:

Last edited: Wed, June 24, 2020 - 5:42:44