The COVID-19 pandemic remains a concern and the Municipality continues to respond to the advice and direction provided by federal and provincial governments.

If you or anyone in your family feels sick, stay home and get tested immediately.

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BC's Restart

BC's Restart is a careful, four-step plan to bring B.C. back together. Getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart.

We are in Step 3

The criteria for 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.

View the Provincial Restart Plan and Step 3 guidance

Step 4

The criteria for moving to Step 4 is more than 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and low COVID-19 hospitalizations.


Public Health and Northern Health orders

Provincial restrictions remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions are made by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) under the Public Health Act.

Provincial and regional restrictions

Northern Health (NH) has introduced public health orders covering most of the NH region to manage COVID-19 activity in areas with low vaccination rates.

Northern Health COVID-19 orders

Proof of vaccination requirement

By order of the provincial health officer, proof of vaccination will be required to access some events, services and businessesStarting September 13, you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated.

The NRRM requires proof of vaccination, a BC Vaccine Card and one piece of valid government photo ID, for anyone age 12 and older to access the Northern Rockies Regional Recreation Centre for spectating sports, adult registered fitness classes, adult sport and all organized indoor events. Swimming has been deemed a low-transmission activity, and the Aquatic Centre does not require proof of vaccination.

The BC vaccine card will NOT be required to access other NRRM services and municipal business including:

  • Service at the municipal hall customer service desk
  • Fort Nelson Public Library
  • Meetings of Council and municipal business (ie. public hearings, information open houses)

The requirement is in place until January 31, 2022, subject to extension.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

COVID-19 immunization drop-ins and booked appointments for all ages, including 5-11 year olds, are now welcome at the Fort Nelson Public Health Unit at 5217 Airport Drive.

Registration is needed for an appointment and recommended before drop-in. Booster doses can book an appointment or drop-in with proof of eligibilityFlu shot available

  • Wednesdays from 9am to 7pm
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 1pm to 5pm

Note: Clinics will be closed Dec 20 until Jan 4


For information on the COVID-19 immunization program, visit Northern Health COVID-19 Vaccine Plan.

People 12+ are eligible to be vaccinated and you are eligible for a second dose at 28 days after your first dose.

While registration and booking using the provincial Get Vaccinated system is still encouraged, eligible people can now drop-in and receive a vaccine (first or second dose) without a scheduled appointment.

 

COVID-19 Immunization Plan - Next Steps

Infographic - COVID 19 immunization plan

COVID-19 Testing 

If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately.


Northern Health has an online request form for those located in the Northern Health region and using a Northern Health testing location. Please note, testing is not available for asymptomatic individuals, including testing for travel or employer requirements.

If you are unable to book your COVID-19 test due to technical difficulties or if you require self-isolation support information for substance use, or temporary COVID-19 accommodation please call the
Northern Health Virtual Clinic: 1-844-645-7811
Hours of Operation: 7 Days/Week, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM PST

Mask guidance 

Masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout BC to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 as BC prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season.

A new order from the provincial health officer requires people 5 and older to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. These settings include:

  • malls, shopping centres, coffee shops and retail and grocery stores;
  • liquor and drug stores;
  • airports, city halls, libraries, community and recreation centres;
  • restaurants, pubs and bars (unless seated);
  • on public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle;
  • areas of office buildings where services to the public are provided;
  • common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity;
  • common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations; and
  • inside schools for all K-12 staff, visitors and students.

Public health​

If you are concerned about COVID-19 symptoms, do not go to the clinic. Call 8-1-1 and follow the directions you are given. ​

Northern Health advises the most important steps residents and visitors can take to protect themselves and our region from COVID-19 are:

  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face. 
  • Stay home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms.
  • Limit contact with people who appear to be ill.

Business guidelines for a safe restart 

All BC businesses are required to have a COVID-19 safety plan and will gradually transition to new communicable disease plans. The guidelines for these plans were released by WorkSafeBC on June 28, 2021. These guidelines were developed in consultation with public health and businesses and will continue to be supported by WorkSafeBC and the PHO as they transition during Step 3 of BC's restart plan. See our COVID-19 Business Resources webpage for more information.