Province of BC Advisories & Restrictions
To help keep B.C. safe, the PHO has introduced province-wide restrictions. These restrictions must be followed in addition to regional restrictions.
As of February 15th, 2022, most pandemic-related restrictions in BC have been lifted, including a return to full capacity for indoor personal gatherings, indoor and outdoor organized gatherings, and indoor seated events. Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs can also return to full capacity, with no table size limits and inter-table mingling once again allowed.
As of April 8th, 2022, there is no Provincial Health Officer order requiring events, services or businesses to check proof of vaccination.
Individual businesses and event organizers may continue to require proof of vaccination for entry to their premises.
The Federal Government has also adjusted current border measures as the country moves towards a more sustainable approach to long-term management of COVID-19.
The Government of Canada requires all travellers 12 years and 4 months and older to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination to use federally regulated methods of travel:
Departing from any Canadian airport
Travelling on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains
Staying on a non-essential passenger vessel for more than 24 hours (like a cruise ship)
BC Ferries does not require proof of vaccination
Starting April 1, 2022, pre-entry tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. Until then, follow the pre-entry test requirements. You must still use ArriveCAN before and after April 1. Travellers will still need to upload documents via the ArriveCAN app before crossing the border. In addition, Canada’s travel advisory will be adjusted from a level 3 to a level 2, which means the government will no longer recommend Canadians avoid travel for non-essential purposes.
As of March 11th, 2022, wearing masks in public indoor settings is no longer required by public health. Wearing a mask is a personal choice. Masks are encouraged on public transit and BC Ferries, but not required.
Individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue requiring masks on their premises. It’s important that we respect the choices of people, businesses and one another.
Masks and federally regulated travel
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.
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. Canadian travellers 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.
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.
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.
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.
Effective November 1, 2021, cruise ships are permitted in Canadian waters. Canada is working with the cruise ship industry, and other domestic and international partners, to support safe cruise ship travel in spring 2022.
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.