Golden rules for everybody
Municipal operations
Supports to businesses
Keeping safe in busy places
Information for visitors
How to report violations
PreparedBC Pandemic Preparedness Guide

The Province of BC is coordinating a centralized response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A provincial State of Emergency is in effect. We are currently in Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan.

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. 

To keep up with local information related to the COVID-19 pandemic, check out the many ways you can connect with Bowen Island Municipality.

The golden rules for everybody

Everyone is responsible for ensuring transmission rates of COVID-19 remain low and slow. You can do your part by practicing the golden rules:

  • If you are sick, stay home. No exceptions.
  • If you are returning from travel outside of Canada, you must self-isolate (stay home) for 14 days.
  • Keep your social bubble small. Be mindful of those in your bubble who may be at higher risk of serious illness.
  • Physical distancing: stay at least 2 m or six feet away from anyone outside of your bubble.
  • Good hygiene:  Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing (such as coughing into your elbow or using a tissue); avoid touching your face; keep spaces clean.
  • Wear a non-medical mask in spaces where safe physical distance cannot be maintained.
  • If you think you have symptoms, self-isolate immediately. Call 8-1-1 or use this online tool for an assessment, and follow the advice on what to do.

For accurate, up-to-date information from provincial authorities and public health, please visit the following websites:

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.

The Government of BC COVID Support and Information page is where you can find information about B.C.’s Restart Plan, current public health orders, and provincial government supports for British Columbians.

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.

Municipal operations during Phase 3

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

  • Municipal Hall is open for business under enhanced safety protocols.
  • Many services are now available online.
  • Approximately half of office staff are working from home.
  • Outside workers have altered their work practices to maintain physical distancing.
  • 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 re-starting in outdoor settings, with lower class numbers and enhanced safety protocols in place.
  • The Fire Department has strict protocols regarding patient contact.

Supports to businesses

Bowen Island Municipality is committed to supporting our local business community as we advance through a careful economic recovery. We encourage you to look at the supports being offered by the Federal and Provincial Governments, as well as those being offered through the BIM Community Economic Development Committee. Feel free to contact the committee at

Keeping safe in busy places

One of the most important safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is keeping a safe physical distance between yourself and others who are not in your bubble. Here are some some ways to reduce the stress of going out while lots of other people are also going out:

Go at off-peak times:

  • Do your grocery shopping on weekdays, or take advantage of our local stores’ delivery option
  • Enjoy a meal out on a weekday evening and stay close to home on the weekends
  • Try a less popular beach or trail - there are so many to choose from on Bowen!

Wear a mask in spaces where you can’t maintain safe physical distance:

  • In stores and other indoor locations
  • In lineups while waiting outside and people are walking past
  • On transit and while hitchhiking
  • When getting on the ferry as a foot passenger

Outdoor is better!

  • Have your small gatherings in outdoor locations, it’s easier to maintain distance.

As always, we all need to continue the other safety measures, listed above, that have gotten us this far.

Planning on visiting Bowen?

In Phase 3 of the B.C. Restart Plan, people can take part in smart, safe and respectful travel throughout the province. Bowen Island Municipality has been following the guidance of the Provincial Government since the public health emergency was declared, and will continue to do so. This means that we are no longer discouraging non-essential travel to Bowen Island. We have connected with accommodation providers on Bowen Island to let them know we support their safe re-opening.

Our community has been diligent at practicing measures to keep transmission slow, and it is our strong expectation that everyone, including visitors, will do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures must be followed on Bowen Island. Please see the golden rules for everybody, above.

Please be mindful that we are a small community with limited resources, and no medical facility that can treat people with COVID-19.

If you are using our parks, trails and beaches, please make sure you are not gathering in large groups, and maintain a physical distance of at least 2 m between the people in your bubble and others.

Our local business community is working hard to provide safe environments for their staff and customers, and are looking forward to welcoming you back to Bowen Island. Please make sure you are following the safety protocols posted at each location you visit, and please be kind. Services may not be as fast or efficient as they used to be, and our small businesses will appreciate your patience and understanding as they adapt to the new normal.

Our partners at Tourism Bowen Island can help with more visitor information.

We're here to help

It is everyone’s responsibility to take action to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is our strong expectation that everyone on Bowen Island will comply with recommendations of the health authorities. We know that our local business community is working hard to re-open safely. If you are concerned about something happening at a business, you could politely let them know. It is always a good idea to be kind and patient with each other and with our local businesses as we adapt to the new normal.

And please, avoid public shaming on social media. This only serves to increase fear and judgement and is not a productive way of addressing problems.

The Province has issued an order authorizing Municipal bylaw officers to assist in providing information and advice to businesses and individuals who may be acting in contravention of public health orders. If you have a complaint during regular our business hours of Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, you can call Bylaw Services at 604-328-5499. After hours, you can call the RCMP non-emergency line at 604-947-0516.

The Government of Canada requires mandatory 14-day self-isolation for all persons entering Canada, even if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Additionally, the Government of B.C. requires all international travellers to submit a B.C. self-isolation plan and complete the federal ArriveCAN application for approval prior to their return to B.C., or upon arrival.

If you are concerned that someone on Bowen Island is not following these rules, you can contact the local RCMP at 604-947-0516 to report violations.

Read more about returning to B.C. from international travel

PreparedBC Pandemic Preparedness Guide

Last Updated on 2020-10-19 at 10:35 AM