Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Information for Tourism and other Business Operators

The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) is taking the COVID-19 pandemic extremely seriously for the health and safety of all residents, workers and travellers and for future economic implications to the region.  In doing so, we are maintaining a dedicated webpage to provide general information on the COVID-19 situation, endeavouring to keep it updated as quickly as possible. That said the situation is changing rapidly, even down to the hour in some situations.  Please continue to check here for information.

 

The Fort Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce has also been working to ensure information is shared to businesses in our region.  For specific business related information please see their website here

 

We wanted to provide a bit more specific information related to the Tourism Industry:

 

General Information:

Restaurant Specific:

  • Restaurants Canada
  • class order was released from the Ministry of Health related to places at which food and/or drink are prepared and served
    • Take Out or Delivery Only - Dine in services are prohibited. Customers may be on the premises only for the time it takes them to purchase and collect their purchase.
    • Maintain sufficient space to allow for a distance of 2 metres between people. 
    • No more than 50 people present on premises at one time. 
  • Questions specific to your place of business in the Northern Rockies may be directed to Robert Hanley, EHO Northern Health at Robert.Hanley@northernhealth.ca or (250) 774-8149.

Accommodation Specific:

Travel Advisories:

  • Advised against all non-essential travel
  • International borders have been closed to all non-essential travel from outside countries
  • Canadian citizens coming back into Canada are limited to 4 international airports with increased screening measures and are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Mitigating the Spread:

  • Government of Canada: Community-based measures
  • Government of Canada: Covid-19 Prevention and Risks
  • Avoid gatherings and maintain 2 metre distance between individuals
  • Wash hands regularly for a minimum of 20 secs
    • If soap and water are not available use a hand sanitizer with 60% or greater alcohol content
    • Wash before/after preparing food, eating, using the washroom, coughing/sneezing, handling waste or laundry contaminated with bodily fluid and when hands look dirty.
    • Ensure all surfaces of hands are cleaned  (front, back, between fingers)
  • Clean and disinfect high traffic public spaces as often as possible (BC CDC)
    • Use a solution of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water. Use personal protective equipment.

Data Collection and Business Feedback:

  • If you would like to be contacted by Northern BC Tourism Association to fill out a survey regarding impacts to your tourism business, please email amber@nbctourism.com. The information from these surveys is being reported back directly to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. 
  • BC Chamber of Commerce had completed a Business Impact Survey which was providing feedback directly to the province in real time between Friday March 13th and Wednesday March 18.  It is anticipated that another survey will be released to continue to record real time effects on businesses. Please keep your eye out for these opportunities in the future as it will be critical for the development of government programs and decisions moving forward.

The pages noted above are updated frequently as the COVID-19 situation progresses and various government-level decisions are made.  This is a new situation that we aim to work through together to the best of our ability to mitigate negative repercussions.  Please ensure you are reviewing reliable sources of information. 

 

Sincerely,

Krista Vandersteen

Sustainable Community Development Coordinator

NORTHERN ROCKIES REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY

T  250.774.2541 ext. 2049  |  F  250.774.6794

kvandersteen@NorthernRockies.ca  |  NorthernRockies.ca

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