COVID-19 Reference Guide
Official Information Sources
This is a regularly evolving situation, with changes on a day-by-day and even hour-by-hour basis. Thus, please take note of the following links so that you can stay up to date:
- Official BC Government COVID-19 Site
- COVID-19 BC Gov. Newsroom Updates
- Provincial Health Officer Orders, Notices & Guidance
Daily update briefings with Minister of Health Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry are live streamed on the BC Government Facebook Page.
- Official Twitter Accountscan often be the fastest way to get the latest information:
Official Health Information on COVID-19
Be cautious of information you read about the virus online. Stick with reputable sites such as:
- Island Health COVID-19 restrictions page & Island Health News & Statements
- BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 page & BC Centre for Disease Control News & Stories
- Health Canada COVID-19 Information page
- World Health Organization COVID-19 Q&A & World Health Organization Rolling Updates
Social gatherings and events
Travel Advisories & Border Control
On March 25, 2020, the federal government implemented a self-isolation plan for returning international travellers on select flights under the Quarantine Act. Maximum penalties for breaking self-isolation orders include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months.
At this time, all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province. For example:
- Do not travel for a vacation
- Do not travel to visit friends or family outside of your household or core bubble
What is essential travel? Individual circumstances may affect whether a particular trip is considered essential or non-essential. Essential travel within B.C. includes:
- Regular travel for work within your region
- Travel for things like medical appointment and hospital visits
Coming from outside of B.C.
At this time, people travelling to B.C. from another province or territory within Canada should only come for essential reasons. If you do travel, you are expected to follow the same travel guidelines as everyone else in B.C.
- The restriction of all non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border remains in effect
- Travellers to and from the United States going to and from Alaska must proceed directly to their destination and self-isolate during any necessary overnight stops
- International travellers returning to B.C. are required by law to self-quarantine for 14 days and complete the federal ArriveCAN application
Flights to and from B.C.
The order does not restrict flights entering and leaving B.C.