COVID-19 health restrictions and recommendations (April 23, 2021 Update)
On April 23, the province issued a new order to limit non-essential travel in BC until May 25. Fines of $575 can be given to people who leave their region for non-essential travel.
Under the Emergency Program Act, non-essential travel is prohibited between three regional zones in the province, using health authority boundaries. These zones are:
- Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley (Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health)
- Vancouver Island (Island Health)
- Interior and North (Interior and Northern Health).
Essential travel includes:
- returning to your principal residence, moving or helping someone move
- work (paid or unpaid)
- health care or social services
- parental responsibilities and child care
- attending a funeral
Non-essential travel includes:
- Vacations, weekend getaways and tourism
- Visiting family or friends for social reasons
- Recreation activities
BC Ferries will continue to provide regular service to ensure commercial vehicle traffic and essential travel can be maintained. However, from April 23 to May 25, BC Ferries will:
- Ask travellers if their passage is essential. Non-essential travellers will be asked not to board vessels headed to a different region
- Suspend adding extra sailings during weekends, holidays and peak travel periods
- Notify all travellers with reservations that the travel order is in place and allow cancellations free of charge
If you have any questions regarding COVID-19, health restrictions, or immunizations, contact 604-263-3261 and ask for Crystal Point, Community Health Nurse or Claudia Piotrowska, Covid Liaison.
COVID-19 health orders extended
In addition to travel restrictions, health officials extended the current health orders that came into effect on March 29th until May 25th at midnight. They include:
- Indoor low intensity group exercise classes are cancelled
- Restaurants, pubs, and bars are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor patio seating and take our or delivery is allowed
- Workplaces with a COVID-19 exposure may be ordered shut down for a minimum of 10 days
- The variance allowing indoor religious gatherings and warship services between March 28th and May 13th has been suspended
In addition to the health orders, health officials strongly recommend:
- Working from home whenever possible, unless it is essential to be in the workplace
- Keeping your child home from school if he/she feels sick or have any signs of illness
- Getting tested immediately if you or anyone in your family feels sick
- No indoor or social gatherings of any size at your residence with anyone other than your household or, if you live alone, your core bubble.
- Do not invite friends or extended family inside your residence or vacation accommodation
- Do not host a party or event inside your house
Gathering outdoors is permitted, up to 10 people, for example:
- Up to 10 people can gather at a park or beach
- Up to 10 people can gather in the backyard of a residence
Do not gather with several groups of new people. Stick to the same people. To increase your safety and protection use the layers of protection: masks, keeping a safe distance of 6 feet apart, maintain hand hygiene, do not share food/drinks/smokes/vapes.
Did you miss your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
If you missed the Musqueam COVID-19 vaccine clinic (dose 1), you can still register for your vaccination through Musqueam Health.
Register for your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by contacting:
Register for your first dose by contacting:
- Hannah Green: 236-818-7686
- Arlene Haldane: 604-655-0580
- Ashlee Point or Candice Sparkes: 604-263-3261