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COVID 19 Tips For Travelling

COVID 19 Tips For Travelling

Updated February 18, 2022

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 February 28, 2022, there will be series of adjustments to current federal border measures for Canada, representing the beginning of a phased easing of travel restrictions. 

  • Easing on-arrival testing for fully vaccinated travellers.
    • All fully vaccinated travellers arriving to Canada may be randomly selected for arrival testing (at no cost to the traveller). Travellers will not be required to quarantine while awaiting their test result.
  • Children under 12 years old, travelling with fully vaccinated adults, will be exempt from quarantine without any prescribed conditions limiting their activities.
  • Travellers will now have the option to use a COVID-19 rapid antigen test result or a molecular test result to satisfy pre-entry requirements.
  • The Government of Canada will adjust its Travel Health Notice from a Level 3 to a Level 2. This means that the Government will no longer recommend that Canadians avoid travel for non-essential purposes.
  • International flights carrying passengers will be permitted to land at all Canadian airports that are designated by the Canada Border Services Agency to receive international passenger flights.

February 18, 2022 – Current Public Health Measures: The provincial health officer lifted restrictions on personal gatherings, organized gatherings and events, nightclubs, bars and restaurants, exercise and fitness, and adult sports tournaments, and all capacity limits have returned to normal. Masks and BC Vaccine Cards remain mandatory in all public indoor spaces.

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.