On June 24, 2020, it was announced that British Columbia is taking the next step in BC’s Restart Plan with a gradual transition to Phase 3, including the smart, safe and respectful return of travel and tourism within the province. This is thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of British Columbians, under the guidance of our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.
As we rediscover and reconnect with all corners of our vast province, we must keep in mind that summer vacations and travel will be different this year. We are not leaving COVID-19 behind, and we need to continue to do our part to protect the progress we’ve made.
By following the foundational rules that have allowed our province to enter Phase 3—physical distancing, staying home when sick, hand hygiene, wearing masks when necessary, and other protective measures—we can continue on this path together and explore our province, safely.
Of particular importance is planning ahead. While some towns and communities are eager to welcome BC visitors with safety measures in place, others might be hesitant to welcome non-local visitors—everyone must respect local travel advisories from communities that are not ready for visitors.
Destination BC will continue to work closely with Minister Beare and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, as well as industry partners from every corner of our province, as we navigate Phase 3. We want to assure you that we are all in this together, and Destination BC is here to support you.
- Further details on Phase 3, including guidelines and advice for safe travel this summer, can be found at: www.gov.bc.ca/COVID-19
- Our Know Before You Go page on HelloBC.com is a great resource for information on how to safely and respectfully explore BC this summer.
- We are also encouraging smart travel via our 10 Ways to Travel Safely and Responsibly in BC article on HelloBC.com.