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.
Everyone is responsible for taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can do your part by practicing the golden rules. Please note there are extra restrictions in place until February 5, 2021.
- 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.
- No social gatherings of any size, indoor our outdoor, with anyone other than your household or core bubble. If you live alone, you can continue to see the same one or two people from your core bubble at each other’s homes.
- You should only visit a restaurant with people in your household or core bubble. Remember, a maximum of six people at a table.
- Physical distancing: stay at least 2 m or six feet away from anyone outside of your core 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.
- Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, including retail environments, workplaces and public transit.
- If you think you have symptoms, self-isolate immediately. Call 8-1-1 or use this online tool for an assessment, and then follow the public health 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.
Every employer is required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
- Municipal Hall is open under enhanced safety protocols, but we encourage everyone to use the many services that are now available online.
- Masks are mandatory at all Municipal facilities.
- Approximately half of office staff are working from home, but can 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 with lower class numbers and enhanced safety protocols in place, with the exception of indoor programs that are shut down due to public health orders.
- The Fire Department has strict protocols regarding patient contact.
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 CEDC@bimbc.ca.
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.
At this time, all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province. For example:
- Do not travel for a vacation
- Do not travel to visit friends or family outside of your household or core bubble
What is essential travel?
Individual circumstances may affect whether a particular trip is considered essential or non-essential. Essential travel within B.C. includes:
- Regular travel for work within your region
- Travel for things like medical appointment and hospital visits
If you need to travel for essential reasons, take the same health and safety precautions you do at home.
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. Our local business community is working hard to provide safe environments for their customers and employees. 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 changing restrictions.
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.
Last Updated on 2021-01-11 at 9:58 AM