BC Covid-19 Travel Restrictions

If you work in BC’s construction industry, here’s what you need to know about the travel restrictions announced today by BC’s Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth.

  • BC’s five Health Authorities have been combined into three. Travel into and out of the regions for non-essential reasons is prohibited by law:
  1. Vancouver Island (Vancouver Island Health)
  2. Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley (Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health)
  3. Northern/Interior (Northern Health and Interior Health, including Bella Coola Valley, the Central Coast and Hope)
    • Residents from the Hope area can travel to Chilliwack for essential goods and supplies
    • Residents from the Bella Coola Valley and Central Coast area can travel to Port Hardy for essential goods and supplies
  • Travel for construction work is allowed – essential travel includes these points relevant to the construction industry:
    • Work, both paid and unpaid 
    • Commercial transportation of goods
    • Responding to a critical incident, like search and rescue operations
    • Read the full list of essential travel definitions here.
  • All restrictions are in place under the Emergency Program Act and legally enforceable.
  • All restrictions are effective immediately, through May 25, 2021.
  • Non-compliance may result in a $575 fine.
  • Police will not be engaging in random checks. Periodic road checks may be set up at key travel corridors during times associated with leisure travel to remind travellers of the order.
  • BC Ferries will deter and restrict reservations. No new sailings will be added.
  • People from outside the province who are travelling to B.C. for non-essential reasons can be subject to the same enforcement measures.

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