EMERGENCY STATUS ✅ The ‘Circuit-Breaker’ lockdown is no longer in effect. ⚠️ Public Health Emergency is still in effect since March 17, 2020 throughout Stage 3 of reopening. See written Provincial Health Orders. Dr. Bonnie Henry is also able to issue verbal orders with immediate effect. ✅Provincial State of Emergency has been allowed to lapse, effective June 30 at 11:59 PM. 🚨 Compliance & Enforcement: Violations of public health orders, quarantine orders, or restrictions against price gouging and profiteering can carry heavy fines and even jail time. Violations can be reported to your local government bylaw office (City NVan – District NVan – West Van), to your local police force through their non-emergency line, or via Consumer Protection BC (in the case of price gouging). 💹 BC Economic Recovery Plan is currently in place. Province is in Stage 3 of loosening restrictions.
🚗🚌TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ARE NO LONGER IN EFFECT✈⛴
Travel restrictions for non-essential travel in B.C. have been lifted. Recreational travel within B.C. and Canada is permitted. – 🛃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. As of August 9, 2021, fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be allowed entry into Canada for discretionary purposes. Canadian citizens and permanent residents are still barred from entering the United States via land and ferry border crossings. Learn about arriving in Canada at a land border crossing –
🚢 The Alaska Marine Highway system has released its proposed schedule for this summer. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing Canadian border closure, this schedule does not include service to Prince Rupert, but this is subject to change. – 🌍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
On September 7, 2021 fully vaccinated foreign nationals from all over the world will be allowed entry into Canada for discretionary travel purposes.
🔅 PHYSICAL DISTANCING ORDERS 🔅
✅ Indoor gatherings of fewer than 50 people or 50% capacity — whatever is larger — are allowed.
✅ Outdoor gathers are allowed if less than 5 000 people or 50% capacity, whatever is larger.
🤒 Self-isolate if you are sick, even if it is not COVID-19. 😷 Non-medical masks should be worn by those who are not fully vaccinated when keeping physical distance isn’t possible to help keep those around you safe.
💉 VACCINATIONS 2️⃣ BC is moving into Phase 4 of the COVID-19 Immunization Plan. During this phase, everybody 12+ can get 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. Anybody over the age of 12 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 4 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:
🔁For those who had an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine for their first dose, it is safe to get a different mRNA vaccine for your second dose. 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.
🧓 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.
RECREATION & OUTDOORS
⛔️ Restrictions on open burning activities in effect. Read more.
✅ Travel restrictions in place for Haida Gwaii have been lifted.
🏊 Community centres and other municipal services are open may be impacted.
⚾ Amateur sport organizations are suspended
✅ 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.
❎ As of August 9, 2021, fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be allowed entry into Canada for discretionary purposes.
❎ On September 7, 2021 fully vaccinated foreign nationals from all over the world will be allowed entry into Canada.
❌ 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.
⛔️ Non-vaccinated Travellers entering the country must self-isolate for fourteen days.🔅 Violations carry a maximum fine of $750,000 and 6 months in jail.
⛔️ 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 email@example.com 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.