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COVID 19 and Travel News

Updated December 1, 2021

COVID 19 Update

Fully vaccinated international travellers (including American citizens and permanent residents living in the USA) can now enter Canada for leisure travel. Find out if you can enter Canada, here.

Due to COVID-19 everyone who currently arrives in Canada – whether by air, land or sea – will have their health assessed at the border. For up-to-date information visit the Government of Canada’s webpage on Covid-19: Current border measures and requirements and review the video Know before you go: Fully vaccinated travellers coming to Canada.

Effective November 30, 2021 – due to the emergence of the Omicron variant the Canadian Government has announced additional measures and requirements for all travelers arriving in Canada regardless of vaccination status. Check here for more information.

Effective October 30, 2021 – all travellers aged 12 and older taking flights leaving Canadian airports or travelling on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains must be fully vaccinated before boarding. Marine passengers on non-essential passenger vessels like cruise ships must also complete the vaccination series before travelling. Marine vessels do not include ferries.

Starting September 13, 2021 – proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required in British Columbia to attend certain social and recreational events, including indoor ticketed sporting events, indoor and patio dining at restaurants, fitness centres, casinos and indoor organized events, including conferences and weddings. As of September 13, 2021 people accessing these spaces will need to provide proof of one vaccine dose. By October 25, 2021 capacity limits at these businesses/events will be lifted. Learn more about proof of vaccine here.

Effective August 25, 2021 – masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout British Columbia to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 Delta variant as British Columbia prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season.

July 1, 2021, British Columbia shifted to Step 3 of its Restart Plan, allowing Canada-wide recreational travel, a return to normal hours for liquor service at restaurants, bars and pubs with table limits to be determined by the venue, increased capacity for organized indoor and outdoor gatherings, and more.

This includes travel for all Canadians:

  • Vacations, weekend getaways and tourism activities
  • Visiting family or friends for social reasons
  • Recreation activities such as camping and RVing

Campfire Bans Lifted

September 20, 2021 – No regional campfire bans – To view current bans and restrictions visit: Fire Bans and Restrictions (gov.bc.ca) To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.

Anyone found in contravention of an open-burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, may be required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, may be fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

COVID 19 Travel Precautions

Stay Safe and Physical Distance will be a consistent message you encounter and here are some travel tips. However, the most important piece of advice remains frequently and thoroughly washing your hands, and the wearing of non medical face masks indoors is mandatory and always recommended.

When you travel, please, take the same health and safety precautions you do at home.

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Practice safe distancing, 2 metre (6 feet)
  • Travel only with yourself, household, or core bubble.
  • Stick to the outdoors whenever possible.
  • Clean spaces often.
  • Wear a mask even if you have been vaccinated.
  • And if you are sick, please stay home and visit another time.

Handwashing

One of the most lax areas is frequent handwashing, while camping and travelling. To remind you there are signs on every washroom and pit toilet asking us to wash frequently. Remember, when you cannot wash with soap and water, hand sanitizer will do the trick.

DM Briest shows his hand cleaning routine to emulate!

It is easy to get the youngsters in the habit of hand sanitizing after they go to the washroom while camping. The trick is to equip them with their own small bottle for their pocket. For a more thorough clean, have a bottle of foaming hand soap and a water basin for their return.

Is it safe to visit lodging, campgrounds and RV Parks?
Yes. All Lodging, Campgrounds and RV parks will identify the additional hygiene steps being taken and the role of physical distancing plus social distancing at their place of business. However, visitors are responsible for ensuring they bring hygiene products (e.g. hand sanitizer, wipes, gloves, masks), as we cannot guarantee availability in all locations. Visitors also need to take personal responsibility for their own safety, wearing masks as appropriate, refraining from touching surfaces unnecessarily, washing hands or using hand sanitizer frequently. And if you are sick, please stay home and visit another time.

As an out-of-province or out-of-region guest – will I be welcome?
Yes. Private sector campgrounds, RV parks and lodging are accepting reservations from out-of-province Canadian residents. There are no orders preventing Canadian citizens from travelling. We recommend if you are camping or travelling outside your home town, be sure to stock up on essentials and supplies in your own community before you leave.

What new rules and procedures have resorts and RV parks implemented?
Many properties will have implemented a Code of Conduct that they will ask you to follow while staying. The Code may include items such as:

  • a declaration that no one in the group is sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19;
  • each group in a RV site or cabin must be from the same household;
  • household groups must maintain 2-metre (6 feet) social distance from another household, individual or group;
  • no gatherings of more than 6 people in a unit or site at any time.

What additional cleaning measures have accommodations adopted?
Operators have all reviewed published COVID-19 BC Centre for Disease Control guidelines, general work practices, procedures, and cleaning standards to comply with Provincial Health Office and WorkSafe BC requirements. Cleaning protocols have been implemented to inspect and clean high touch areas more frequently.

Will Social Distancing and Physical distancing be enforced?
Many operators are implementing a Code of Conduct to address guests’ behaviour. This will include a definition of a household, maintaining social distancing of 2-metres (6 feet) from other people and limiting gathering size to six or fewer people.  As well, we are asking guests “Be kind and supportive – Remember we are all in this together!”

In the spirit of this we ask, if you come across someone NOT maintaining the 2-metre (6 feet) social distancing requirement, please remember that they may be in one household group. If someone infringes on your 2-metre (6 feet) distance, kindly remind them of the 2-metre (6 feet) rule. Please de-escalate any confrontational situations and if needed report the situation to the office via text, email or phone.  The operator will then intervene.

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