covid-19 resources

Province of BC Advisories & Restrictions

The Provincial Health Office officially announced on June 29th that BC has entered Step 3 of the 2021 Restart Plan. This means that Canada-wide recreational travel is now allowed.  Some provincial restrictions remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions are made by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) under the Public Health Act. Regional restrictions may be in place for health authorities with lower vaccination rates.

On September 13th, the Provincial Health Office announced that individuals will need to present their proof of vaccination card, along with photo identification, to access some events, services, and businesses.

To learn more about the vaccine passport, visit: BC Provincial Health Office Vaccine Passport

Regional Restrictions for Northern Health

Northern Health has restrictions in place for all communities east of Gitwangak (Kitwanga). These restrictions do not apply to:

  • Haida Gwaii
  • Kitimat
  • Nisga’a
  • Prince Rupert
  • Snow Country
  • Stikine
  • Telegraph Creek
  • Terrace

Mask Mandate

Masks are required in all public indoor settings for all people five and older, regardless of vaccination status. These settings include:
  • malls, shopping centres, coffee shops and retail and grocery stores, liquor and drug stores;
  • airports, city halls, libraries, community and recreation centres;
  • restaurants, pubs and bars (unless seated);
  • on public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle;
  • areas of office buildings where services to the public are provided;
  • common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity;
  • common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations;
  • inside schools for all K-12 staff, visitors and students
Masks may be removed temporarily in indoor public places:
  • to identify the individual wearing the mask
  • to consume food or beverage at a location designated for this purpose
  • while participating in a sport or fitness activity in a sport facility
  • while receiving a personal or health service that requires the mask to be removed
People who cannot wear a mask or who cannot put on or remove a mask without the assistance of others are exempt. A person may not be able to wear a mask for a psychological, behavioural or health condition or due to a physical, cognitive or mental impairment.

    Personal Gatherings and events

    Personal gatherings

    There are no capacity restrictions on indoor or outdoor personal gatherings.

    Organized gatherings

    Organized gatherings have some capacity restrictions. Examples of an organized gathering include wedding ceremonies or funerals. 

    Indoor organized gatherings

    There are no capacity restrictions on indoor organized gatherings. Proof of vaccination is required for organized gatherings with more than 50 people.

    Seats must be provided for all people at some indoor events with more than 50 people, including:

    • Concerts, theatre, dance and symphony performances
    • Weddings and funeral receptions (outside of a funeral home)
    • Lectures, presentations and workshops
    • Recreational classes and activities like art classes or choir rehearsals

    Seats are not required for all people at:

    • Conventions and trade shows
    • Conferences (except during lectures, presentations and workshops)
    • Sponsored and ticketed parties

    Dancing is not permitted. Masks are required indoors.

    Outdoor organized gatherings

    Outdoor organized seated gatherings can have a capacity of 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater. For example, if the venue has a normal seated capacity of 30,000 people, 15,000 people can attend.

    local closures & advisories

    Below you will find an up-to-date listing of all local closures related to tourism in Prince Rupert.

    Swimming has resumed with limited capacity at the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre. Masks are now mandatory in all Civic facilities in Prince Rupert. To find out more, please visit www.princerupert.ca

    Service to the Prince Rupert airport (YPR) resumed on June 23nd, 2021. To see the airline schedule, please visit www.ypr.ca.

    The Prince & District Chamber of Commerce is providing a continuously updated list of business hours, closures, and service availability in Prince Rupert. The City of Prince Rupert, MLA Jennifer’s Rice’s office, and other key community leaders have also developed resources to help locals in Prince Rupert navigate this difficult time. You will find these resources linked below.

    tourism resources

    Destination BC is working with the provincial and federal governments, industry partners, and Health Authorities, to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our tourism industry and advocate for a tourism-specific relief package. We are translating local concerns & fears regarding Prince Rupert’s tourism sector directly to Destination BC with our partners at Northern BC Tourism. 

    Travel & transportation advisories

    Travel manners include getting vaccinated, planning your trip in advance before arriving to your destination, respecting any local travel advisories to isolated and remote communities, and Indigenous communities. This also includes following mask guidelines, respecting personal space and practicing good hygiene, including frequent handwashing. It’s also important to remember to not travel if you are sick, and if symptoms develop while travelling- self-isolate immediately and contact 811 for guidance and testing.  

    The Government of Canada is continually assessing travel risks for Canadians. An official global health advisory is currently in place, asking everyone to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.

    Avoiding non-essential travel outside of Canada, includes to the US and aboard cruise ships, until further notice. Anyone who chooses to travel outside Canada must self-isolate for 14 days on their return, even if they do not present any symptoms.

    Canadian travelers are advised to sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to stay connected with the Government of Canada in case of an emergency abroad or at home.

    travel restrictions

    Canada is allowing foreign nationals reuniting with family, foreign workers, and students to enter Canada. Canadians who are displaying COVID-19 symptoms will not be able to board domestic flights or trains. 

    All travellers are eligible to enter Canada if they qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller regardless of citizenship.

    • Canadians are always eligible to enter Canada but must complete testing requirements and mandatory quarantine if they do not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller

    A pre-entry molecular test is required for all travellers. A rapid antigen test will not be accepted.

    If you provide essential services or already qualify for other exemptions from quarantine and Day-8 testing, you don’t need to be considered a fully vaccinated traveller to enter Canada. If you think you qualify for other exemptions, find out if your travel is exempt.

    Incoming travellers who are permitted into Canada at this time will be health screened at all borders – land, sea and air. Air operators have been formally mandated to prevent any travellers with symptoms to board a plane at point of origin, meaning anyone who has symptoms will not be able to come to Canada.

    aviation, cruise, ferries, and parks

    On October 6, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that, as of October 30, the Government of Canada will require employers in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors to establish vaccination policies for their employees.

    Also effective October 30, travellers departing from Canadian airports, and travellers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel. To allow travellers time to become fully vaccinated, there will be a short transition period where they will be able to travel if they show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel as an alternative to providing proof of full vaccination. If travellers have not already started the vaccination process, or do not start soon, they risk not qualifying for travel as of November 30.

    Most commercial airlines have issued responses to COVID-19, emphasizing the approach to safety and flexible options in light of the current situation. See statements from Air Canada and Westjet below. As of June 23rd, flight service into Prince Rupert has resumed with reduced flights. The Northwest Regional Airport in Terrace remains unaffected at this time.

    Cruise ships have been banned until 2022 by order of the Government of Canada, which prohibit pleasure craft in Canadian Arctic waters and cruise vessels in all Canadian waters until February 28, 2022. This means:

     – Adventure-seeking pleasure craft are still prohibited from entering Arctic waters.

    – Passenger vessels carrying more than 12 people are still prohibited from entering Arctic coastal waters, including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, and the Labrador Coast.

    – Cruise vessels carrying more than 100 people are still prohibited from operating in Canadian waters. 

    Northern bc tourism resiliency program

    Are you a tourism business impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? The Northern BC Tourism Association is committed to supporting the survival of BC’s tourism businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through the creation of the BC Tourism Resiliency Network.

    The Northern BC Tourism Resiliency Program provides Northern BC tourism businesses with meaningful, one-on-one support to access and navigate programs available as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    covid-19 resources & support programs

    The Canadian response to COVID-19 is rapidly changing as new information is brought to light & new  programs are announced for Canadian residents who have been financially affected by the social distancing measures put in place all across the country. Numerous provincial and federal support programs have been put in place to help citizens & business owners weather the storm. 

    support programs for canadian citizens / residents

     A number of relief measures and specific support programs for Canadian residents have been announced. These are aimed at helping relieve the financial stress of job or income loss due to COVID-19, as well as to help support everyone’s ability to stay home & observe the recommended social distancing recommendations. 

    support programs for businesses

    The immediate impacts of COVID-19 are being felt by businesses across British Columbia, Canada, and the world. The federal & provincial governments have introduced a number of support programs to help support business continuity during this challenging economic time.