Updated: April 26, 2021
The Musqueam administration office has been closed since the beginning of COVID-19. All but essential staff are working from home during regular working hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30).
Access to Musqueam Reserve is limited to members, residents, staff and essential services. Traffic checkpoints are operating at reserve entrances.
COVID-19 updates from Musqueam
Important links for membership:
- COVID-19 resources for Musqueam members
- COVID-19 vaccine information
- Musqueam values during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Provincial and federal government COVID-19 resources and information
Current Health Orders in British Columbia
Provincial restrictions are in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Most orders can be enforced by police and compliance and enforcement officials.
Over the past two months, there has been exponential growth in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and people requiring critical care support in BC.
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
Health restrictions in place until May 25
On March 29, the provincial health officer updated public health orders to address rising COVID-19 case counts and break the chains of transmission until the population is fully vaccinated.
Health orders came into effect on March 29, 2021 and are in place until Tuesday, May 25:
- Indoor low intensity group exercise classes are cancelled
- Restaurants, pubs and bars are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor patio seating, take-out and delivery is allowed. Dining on patios should be with immediate household or core bubble.
- Travel continues to be limited to essential travel, work or medical reasons only. Whistler Blackcomb ski resort is closed.
- The variance allowing indoor religious gatherings and worship services between March 28 and May 13 is suspended.
- All workers are strongly encouraged to work from home, where possible.
- All K to 12 staff and all students in grades 4 to 12 are required to wear non-medical masks in all indoor areas.
No indoor social gatherings of any size at your residence with anyone other than your household or, if you live alone, your core bubble. For most people, their core bubble is their immediate household. An immediate household is a group of people who live in the same residence.
- Do not invite friends or extended family inside your residence or vacation accommodation
- Do not host a party or event inside your house
- Do not host playdates for children
In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, people should only be visiting restaurants with their household. For people who live alone, this should be with a maximum of two people they regularly interact with (core bubble).
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. Continue to use COVID-19 layers of protection and maintain physical distancing. Patios and outdoor areas at restaurants, pubs and bars are not included as places to gather with 10 people at one table.
Activities allowed under the order
These activities are not considered a social gathering:
- Going for a walk or hike. You must make sure a walk or hike does not turn into a group of people meeting outside
- Parents carpooling kids to and from school
- Grandparents providing child care
Click below links to read more on BC’s website.
- PHO order on gatherings and events
- PHO order on restaurants and bars
- EPA order on masks in public indoor settings
- Travel advisory
Reporting COVID-19 violations
By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), all events and gatherings are suspended, unless they have an exemption. People and businesses can be issued a violation ticket for non-compliance.
The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is authorized by the Province to issue tickets and penalties to people or businesses who are offenders of provincial health orders. Penalties are determined by the province.
Report violation in City of Vancouver
To report a COVID-19 provincial health order violation happening in the City of Vancouver, complete this online form. Violations that can be reported include banquet halls or nightclubs that are open, businesses with too many people inside or without wearing masks and social gatherings.
When to phone VPD
Phone the VPD non-emergency line, 604-717-3321, to report an in progress:
- house party of 6 people or more (not including people living in the property or unit)
- gathering of 50 people or more
- drum circle or activities attracting large crowds
Do not call 9-1-1 unless there’s an immediate threat to safety, property damage, or other urgent issues.
Learn more about the Vancouver Police Department’s approach and how to contact them on the City of Vancouver’s website.