COVID-19 Info

BIM Notice This page is provided as a convenience and should not be relied upon for the most up-to-date information. Please check provincial and health authority websites to ensure accuracy and timeliness of information and advice about COVID-19 and the pandemic.

Last Updated on 2021-06-30 at 9:52 AM

The Province of BC is coordinating a centralized response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bowen Island Municipality is following the direction of the provincial government and public health advice during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to do so. We will continue to share information as we support efforts to slow transmission of COVID-19 and help keep our community healthy. 

The following websites are the best source for accurate, up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the pandemic.

The Government of BC COVID Support and Information page is the best source of information about the pandemic for Brotish Columbians, where you can find information about vaccinations, current public health orders, and government supports.

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The BC Centre for Disease Control is the best source for COVID-19 health information. Find information about symptoms, testing, how to protect yourself, your family and our community, and what to do if you suspect you have the virus.

Bowen Island is within the Vancouver Coastal Health authority. Here you will find regional information and resources for COVID-19.

WorkSafe BC is where you will find COVID-19 health and safety information to help employers and workers manage risk in the workplace, as well as information for industries returning to operation during Phase 3 of B.C.’s Restart Plan.

BC’s Restart Plan

Step 3: Starts July 1

The criteria for moving to Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations. In Step 3, all sectors will transition to using communicable disease prevention guidance from WorkSafeBC.

Mask guidance

Masks are recommended in public indoor settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. The mask mandate order under the Emergency Program Act will be lifted July 1 and no proof of vaccination will be needed. 

  • You’re fully vaccinated 14 days after dose 2
  • Some people may choose to continue to wear a mask after they’re fully vaccinated and that’s okay

PHO guidance

  • Increased social contact
  • If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately
ActivitiesNew things you can do
Personal gatheringsReturn to normal for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings Sleepovers
Organized gatheringsIndoor organized gatherings 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater Outdoor organized gatherings 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater No capacity limits or restrictions on religious gatherings and worship services Fairs, festivals and trade shows return to normal with a Communicable Disease Plan
TravelCanada-wide recreational travel
BusinessesRestaurants, bars and pubs No group limits for indoor and outdoor dining, events allowed Return to normal liquor service hours No socializing between tables Nightclubs Up to 10 people seated at tables, tables 2 m apart No dancing, no socializing between tables Casinos Reduced capacity Gaming stations can operate at approximately 50% capacity Businesses will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a Communicable Disease Plan. Some safety measures will remain, like physical barriers. 
Offices and workplacesContinued return to the workplace Seminars and bigger meetings allowed Workplaces will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a Communicable Disease Plan. Additional safety precautions required in higher risk workplaces. 
Sports and exerciseAll indoor fitness classes allowed, normal capacity Gyms and recreation facilities, normal capacity Outdoor spectators 5,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater Indoor spectators 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater

Current Municipal operations

Every employer is required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

  • Municipal Hall is open under enhanced safety protocols, and we encourage everyone to use the many services that are now available online.
  • Masks are mandatory at all indoor Municipal facilities.
  • Some office staff are working from home, and can still be reached by e-mail or telephone. Please make an appointment if you would like to meet with staff at Municipal Hall.
  • Outside workers have altered their work practices to maintain physical distancing. Masks are mandatory.
  • Council is continuing to meet to conduct regular business. Council meetings are held virtually on Zoom and are open to the public.
  • Capital projects are moving forward.
  • Community recreation programs are running under the guidance of public health.
  • The Fire Department has strict protocols regarding patient contact.

BC’s Immunization Plan

Everyone over the age of 12 in BC is now eligible for a vaccine. For the most accurate, up to date information about BC’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan, please go to the Government of BC’s Website.

PreparedBC Pandemic Preparedness Guide