How is British Columbia Responding to COVID-19?
- A non-essential travel advisory remains in effect in British Columbia.
- On May 19, British Columbia entered Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan. Some businesses and services across the province are beginning to reopen with new COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Details are available at www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc.
- Many BC parks and recreation sites and trails reopened for day-use on May 14 and will reopen for overnight camping on June 1. Some provincial parks and recreation sites that attract large crowds, including many in the Sea to Sky region, will remain closed until further notice. Know before you go, and only visit parks in your local area at this time.
- Preferential access to provincial campgrounds and backcountry camping sites will be given to BC residents for the 2020 camping season. Reservations made by non-BC residents will be subject to cancellation. Visit discovercamping.ca for details.
- Gatherings of more than 50 people are not currently permitted in British Columbia.
For a complete overview of BC’s response to COVID-19, visit the BC government’s COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information page.
BC’s Restart Plan
- On May 6, the provincial government released BC’s Restart Plan, which outlines a phased approach for gradually re-opening the BC economy. We are currently in Phase 2 of the plan, when Phase 2 began mid-May.
- In Phase 2, the province will see activities resume in areas such as retail, personal service establishments, restaurants, cafes and pubs, museums and art galleries, as well as parks, beaches and outdoor recreation.
- If transmission rates remain low or in decline, Phase 3 will take place between June and September, and will include the re-opening of hotels and resorts, additional park openings, and overnight camping.
- Phase 4 will not begin until the threat of COVID-19 has been significantly diminished through widespread vaccination, broad successful treatments, evidence of community immunity, or the equivalent.
- For more information about BC’s Restart Plan, visit www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc.
The Province has created a dedicated phone service to provide British Columbians with non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing. Information is available in more than 110 languages, seven days a week between 7:30 AM – 8 PM at 1.888.COVID19 (1.888.268.4319) or via text message at 1.888.268.4319.
Additional COVID-19 information for travellers is available at hellobc.com.
In the Township of Langley, Vancouver Fraser Health (VFH) is the official health authority. Any visitors with questions about COVID-19 or public health in the TOL are encouraged to consult the Vancouver Fraser Health website.