Travel restrictions for non-essential travel in B.C. are in place until May 25 to stop the spread of COVID-19 and variants of concern. Fines can be given to people who leave their region for non-essential travel. Stay local and stay in your community. Do not travel for non-essential reasons. – –
Under the EPA, an order restricting non-essential travel between certain regions of the province is in place until May 25 at midnight. This includes travel for:
—–Vacations, weekend getaways and tourism activities
—–Visiting family or friends for social reasons
—–Recreation activities –
The order combines B.C.’s five health authorities into three regions of the province. Travel into and out of the regions for non-essential reasons is not allowed and is now prohibited by law. The regions are:
1. Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley (Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health)
2.Northern/Interior (Northern Health and Interior Health, including Bella Coola Valley, the Central Coast and Hope)
—–Residents from the Hope area can travel to Chilliwack for essential goods and supplies
—–Residents from the Bella Coola Valley and Central Coast area can travel to Port Hardy for essential goods and supplies
3. Vancouver Island (Vancouver Island Health) – 👮♀️ENFORCEMENT The goal of the order is education and reminding people about travel restrictions.
If the restrictions need to be enforced, police can issue a fine. At the discretion of police, people not obeying the travel restrictions may be subject to a $575 fine. Police will not be engaging in random checks. Periodic road checks may be set up at key travel corridors during times associated with leisure travel to remind travellers of the order.
People from outside the province who are travelling to B.C. for non-essential reasons can be subject to the same enforcement measures. – ❗Reasons for essential travel
—–Essential travel between regions is allowed. Essential reasons include:
—–Returning to your principal residence, moving or helping someone move
—–Work, both paid and unpaid (volunteer)
—–Commercial transportation of goods
—–Getting health care or social services or helping someone get those services
—–Court appearance, complying with a court order or parole check-in
—–Exercising parental responsibilities
—–Child care services
—–Attending classes at a post-secondary institution or school
—–Responding to a critical incident, like search and rescue operations
—–Providing care to a person because of a psychological, behavioural or health condition, or a physical, cognitive or mental impairment
—–Visiting a resident (as an essential visitor) at long-term care or assisted living facility
—–Attending a funeral
—–Travelling under a PHO variance. For example, BCHL – 🚢BC Ferries
From April 23 to May 25, BC Ferries will:
—–Ask travellers if their passage is essential. Recreational travellers will be asked not to board vessels headed to a different region
—–If recreational travellers insist on boarding, they will be allowed to board and police will be notified
—–Suspend adding extra sailings during weekends, holidays and peak travel periods
—–Notify all travellers with reservations that the travel order is in place and allow cancellations free of charge
BC Ferries will continue to provide regular service to ensure commercial vehicle traffic and essential travel can be maintained. Review essential travel information from BC Ferries – 🏞BC Parks reservations
If you have a camping reservation in another region, you can reschedule or cancel for free at any time and get a full refund. – 🌄ENTERING BC 🍁From another province or territory
Road signs are up at the Alberta/B.C. 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 B.C.
If you travel to B.C. for essential reasons from another province or territory, you do not need to self-quarantine when entering B.C. Review province-wide restrictions – 🛃From a United States border crossing
All non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border is restricted. Additional screening measures are in place at key points of entry. Learn about arriving in Canada at a land border crossing – 🌍From an international destination
To limit the further spread of COVID-19, travel restrictions are in place across all ports of entry. The Canadian border is closed to most international travellers. You are allowed to enter Canada if you are a:
—–Permanent resident of Canada
—–Temporary resident of Canada
—–Protected person (refugee status)
—–Person registered under the Indian Act
—–Foreign national with a non-discretionary (non-optional) reason to travel to Canada Find out if you can travel to Canada
🔅 PHYSICAL DISTANCING ORDERS 🔅
❌ Indoor gatherings of any size with individuals outside your “core bubble” are prohibited. For most people, their core bubble is their immediate household. An immediate household is a group of people who live in the same residence. For example:
—–If you have a rental suite in your home, the suite is a separate residence.
—–If you live in an apartment or house with roommates, you are all members of the same household.
✅ People can now choose a maximum of 10 people to enjoy physically distanced outdoor activities with — and stick with them. Always plan extra carefully if you have a high-risk person in your household.
🤒 Self-isolate if you are sick, even if it is not COVID-19. 😷 Non-medical masks must be worn when keeping physical distance isn’t possible to help keep those around you safe.
💉 VACCINATIONS 2️⃣ BC is moving into Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Immunization Plan. During this phase, people aged 79 to 60, in five year increments will be vaccinated. Northern Health had opened up vaccinations in Prince Rupert and Port Edward to anybody over 18 years of age. Prince Rupert held a mass vaccination clinic out of the Civic Centre until March 21. Over 85% of those eligible were vaccinated. Anybody in Prince Rupert or Port Edward can book an appointment by calling 1-866-481-2175, 7 am to 7 pm PST, seven days a week.
🏢 Seniors in independent living or supportive housing, people in home-care support You do not need to call to book a vaccine appointment if you’re:
—–A senior or high-risk person living in independent living or senior’s supportive housing
—–Staff in independent living or seniors supportive housing
—–Home-care support clients and staff
—–Your health authority will reach out to you or your housing operator to book your appointment for you or organize a mobile clinic. –
📲 The province has launched an online registration system to request a vaccine. Right now, if you are a senior born in 1961 or earlier (60+), an Indigenous person 18 years or older, or clinically extremely vulnerable, you can book online at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated.html . b SAFETY
👩🏿⚕️ The COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved by Health Canada are safe, effective and will save lives. To date, four vaccines have been approved for use by Health Canada.
—–Learn about the Pfizer vaccine
—–Learn about the Moderna vaccine
—–Learn about the AstraZeneca vaccine
—–Learn about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
👨🏾🔬 Health Canada has conducted a rigorous scientific review of the available medical evidence to assess the safety of the approved COVID-19 vaccines. Feeling worried or unsure is completely normal when something is new.
—–No major safety concerns have been identified in the data Health Canada reviewed
—–We can be reassured that Health Canada has a thorough approval process that makes sure the vaccines and medicines we take are safe. b 🚚SUPPLY
Vaccine supply is distributed by the Government of Canada and B.C. receives an allocated number of doses of vaccine on a weekly basis. The allocated amount is expected to increase throughout 2021. b 💫 VACCINE CHOICES People eligible for a vaccine in Phase 2 will get either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Due to vaccine logistics and to make sure people get the vaccine as quickly and safely as possible, people will not be able to choose which vaccine they get.
Essential workers prioritized for vaccination and identified in Phase 3 will be able to:
—–Get the AstraZeneca vaccine when their priority group is eligible or —–Receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine with their age cohort
More details about the prioritization of essential workers will be made available soon. All COVID-19 vaccines in Canada are effective and are safe. b
The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone living in B.C. who is eligible to receive it. LEARN MORE ABOUT BC’S VACCINATION PLAN HERE –
📲💳 PROOF OF VACCINATION You will have the option to receive a paper and digital copy of your immunization record card. We recommend registering for Health Gateway, where your digital immunization record card will be available only after you receive the vaccine. –
Note: Health Gateway is not a source of vaccine or immunization information. –
Your immunization record will be also be stored in the online provincial database, accessible to you, public health and your doctor. –
Example of a paper immunization record card:
🧪 COVID-19 testing criteria changes regularly. Take the online self-assessment or call 8-1-1 if you have symptoms to check whether you should be tested.
📱 New mobile app to help notify Canadians of potential COVID-19 exposure now available. 🍁
🩺 Choose virtual health care services whenever available, physicians will be compensated.
💊 Physician notes are NOT required for prescription refills by pharmacists.
🦷 Dentists should be providing emergency services only at this time. Services available from other regulated health care professionals (RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, etc) may also be limited at this time. ⚕️ MSP coverage wait times are waived for those who have been out of province and returned.
💉 Safe prescription alternatives to the illegal drug supply available to people who use substances.
👩⚕️ Workers and volunteers in long-term care may no longer work at multiple facilities. 🔅
🏥 Visitor restrictions are in place at health care facilities. Check online before you go: Vancouver Coastal Health
🧓 Long-term care and seniors’ assisted living facilities may now allow visitors under strict visiting protocols, beginning with single-person visits in designated visiting rooms.
✅ Elective surgeries and procedures have restarted with new surgical renewal plan in place.
⛔️ All commercial marine vessels with a capacity of more than 12 passengers are prohibited from engaging in non-essential activities, such as tourism or recreation. Ferries and essential passenger vessels must operate at 50% capacity at most. 🍁
🚗 Renew auto-insurance by email or phone.
🚗 Extend your drivers license remotely. All requests for age based medical examination reports have been temporarily postponed. Call 1-800-950-1498.
🛣️ Avoid non-essential travel between provinces. Check DriveBC for highway closures.
🚌 BC Transit & TransLink: Face coverings will be mandatory on all transit vehicles, effective Monday, August 24. Exceptions in place for those with medical conditions who are unable to mask-up.
⛴️ BC Ferries: Passengers must be in possession of a non-medical face covering which must be worn while on board the vessel. Passengers may be refused boarding if ill. Some passenger amenities are available. Priority medical-assured loading available.
⛴️ BC Inland Ferries: Passengers must be in possession of a non-medical face covering and may be refused boarding if ill. All inland ferry passengers travelling by vehicle must remain in their vehicles for the duration of the trip to help protect the safety of passengers and crew. All passenger amenities are closed.
✅ All ICBC knowledge tests available again by appointment.
💶 ICBC customers are eligible for rebates averaging $190. If your address is current, you do not need to do anything to ensure you receive the rebate. >> Click here to see personal supports available to you.
RETAIL & SERVICES
⛔️ The resale of food, medical supplies, personal protective equipment, cleaning products and other essential supplies is prohibited.
❌🎰 Casinos remain closed. ❌🍻 Liquor-primary establishments that do not serve meals (i.e. nightclubs) must stay closed. 🔅
🛍️ Some businesses may refuse to pack reusable bags or containers. 🔅
🥄 Sale of bulk foods are prohibited, except those dispensed via gravity feed bins, or where staff dispense the bulk items.
🍽️ Restaurants, pubs, cafés, that serve food may only provide take out or delivery, except for outdoor patios. Only go to a restaurant patio with people in your core bubble.* 🏋️♀️ Indoor low intensity group exercise classes are cancelled.*
✅ Sale of non-food items may now resume at “farmers markets” or “community markets”. Food and drink vendors may not offer samples. 🔅
✅ Personal service establishments (salons, spas, massage, tattoo parlours, etc.) may re-open with enhanced operating protocols in place. 🔅 ℹ️ Read more: Essential Services List ℹ️ Read more: Guidance to retail food & grocery stores
RECREATION & OUTDOORS
⛔️ Restrictions on open burning activities in effect. Read more.
⛔️ The Squamish Nation has closed their communities to visitors. Check for notices before heading into local First Nations communities.
❌ Travel restrictions in place for Haida Gwaii.
🏊 Community centres and other municipal services may be impacted. Check before you go: City NVan – District NVan – West Van – NVSD 44
⚾ Amateur sport organizations are suspended
🏞️ Peace Arch Provincial Park is closed.
❌ Travel continues to be limited to essential travel, work or medical reasons only. For those who have travelled outside their health region, if you or anyone in your family develops any signs of illness, you must stay home from work, school or daycare, and arrange to get tested immediately.*
✅ North Shore playgrounds now open.
✅ North Shore libraries have re-opened. Check online for hours and services before you go.
✅ BC Parks have re-opened with priority access to BC residents.
✅ Parks Canada: National parks, historic sites, and campsites are re-opening. Check online before you go. ℹ️ Read more: In-province travel restrictions
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL & BORDERS 🍁
❌ All Canadian borders are closed to non-essential travellers, with the following exceptions: Canadian Citizen, Permanent Residents, Foreign nationals visiting immediate family who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents. Travellers must not show any signs of illness and are required carry out a mandatory 14-day Quarantine. Persons arriving by air must complete a mandatory three day quarantine, in a government approved hotel, and present two COVID-19 tests, one upon arrival to Canada, and one 10 days after arriving.
❌ New protocols in place for foreign nationals transiting through Canada to Alaska. 🍁
❌ Cruise ships with overnight accommodations allowed to carry more than 100 persons are prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until October 31.
⛔️ Travellers entering the country must self-isolate for fourteen days.🔅 Violations carry a maximum fine of $750,000 and 6 months in jail. ⛔️ Avoid all non-essential travel.
⛔️ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
🍁 CBSA services hours are temporarily reduced at more land, air, marine ports of entry (POE).
🍁 Passport services in Canada resuming by mail and by appointment for travel in less than 30 days.
✈️ All international flights (including from the USA) entering British Columbia will be restricted to YVR only. >> Click here to see personal supports available to you.
🍁 Federal measure. Contact your local MP for questions about these items.
🔅 Public Health Order.