Current Health Orders:
Updated September 9, 2021
Starting September 13, by order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), most adults will need proof of vaccination to access some events, services and businesses in British Columbia. The easiest way to show proof is using the BC Vaccine Card.
- Generally, proof of vaccination is required for large indoor events, restaurants with table service, and indoor health centres/facilities such as gyms.
- Proof of vaccination is generally not required at hotels and accommodations, grocery stores, pharmacies, retail stores, salons, and more.
- For full details on where proof of vaccination is required, for whom, and how to show your proof of vaccine, please visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html
As of Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout BC to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 as BC prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season. A new order from the provincial health officer requires people 12 and older to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. Click here for details.
- As of July 1, BC is in Step 3 of its Restart Plan and we are thrilled to welcome visitors from across Canada for safe and responsible travel in the province
- Effective August 9, 2021, Canada will allow entry to fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents (currently residing in the US) for leisure travel. If you meet the entry criteria, fully vaccinated travellers do not have to quarantine upon arrival to Canada.
- We encourage all travellers to be fully informed of the pre-entry and on arrival public health and testing requirements both federally and provincially. This includes the mandatory use of the ArriveCAN app. Travellers should plan for extra time in the lead up, and upon the arrival of their trip.
- For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada website.
- BC tour operators, accommodation providers and attraction hosts have implemented stringent protocols to keep visitors safe, and visitors are asked to return the favour by travelling responsibly this summer and fall.
- Travellers are encouraged to reference Destination BC’s “Know Before You Go” page for information on the latest travel restrictions, what’s open and more.
For full details about the latest Provincial Health Orders:
Click on this link to the Government of BC’s response to COVID-19 website page.
Know Before You Go:
Travel Updates and Information
Read important updates on BC travel.
Read updates on the Canadian border and international travel advisories and restrictions.
Read updates on BC Ferries schedules and procedures. It is advisable to make a reservation for BC Ferries to get to and from the Sunshine Coast.
Read important updates from BC Parks.
Read important Air Quality Advisories.
It is important to acknowledge that we’re all visitors on the traditional territories of the Tla’amin, Klahoose, shíshálh, and Skwxwú7mesh nations. Anytime you are exploring the Sunshine Coast, please remember to be safe, responsible, and respectful.
Know Before You Go: How To Explore Safely and Responsibly During COVID-19
While we welcome visitors and are happy to have you back, we ask that you continue to follow all Provincial Health Officer COVID safety guidelines and respect the safety procedures enacted by the businesses you visit:
- Do not travel if you are sick
- Practice 2 metres (6ft) physical distancing wherever possible
- Wash your hands regularly
- Masks are recommended in indoor public places for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. Individual businesses may require mask wearing in their place of business
- Plan ahead and book activities, accommodation and experiences in advance
- Adhere to any local closures or restricted access to communities
Follow the direction of the Provincial Health Officer and keep up to date on changing guidelines and regulations. If you would like to know how local businesses are keeping customers safe, check their website, social media, or give them a call to inquire.
Check our our blogpost: Tips for Safe & Responsible Travel on the Sunshine Coast this Summer
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