UPDATE: MARCH 29th, 2021
Stronger province-wide restrictions are now in place by BC's public health officials.
Between March 29 at 11:59 pm and April 19 at 11:59 pm the PHO has strengthened province-wide restrictions:
- Restaurants, pubs and bars are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor patio seating and take-out or delivery is allowed
To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, BC’s public health officials are continuing to advise that all non-essential travel into, within and out of BC needs to be avoided. Please stay close to home, limit your social interactions, and continue to support local businesses. The more we do today, the sooner we can #ExploreSquamish again. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to our community once the current health order is lifted.
For information about B.C.'s response to COVID-19 visit the Government of BC’s website.
This Spring, we are asking everyone in Squamish to Interact Considerately, Play Simply, Explore Responsibly, and Enjoy Patiently.
Check Before You Go
- All non-essential into, within and out of BC needs to be avoided.
- If you must visit Squamish, do your research and plan ahead.
- We encourage everyone to wear masks when unable to maintain 2 metres of physical distance. Masks must be worn inside all public spaces.
- Consult our What's Open directory to see which businesses are open and how they have modified their operations in response to COVID-19.
If Sick, Stay Home
- If you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been in contact with a known case, please stay home.
- If you begin to feel unwell, please self-isolate and call 8-1-1 to speak to a health care professional.
- Work from home whenever possible, unless it is essential to be in the workplace.
- Keep your child home from school if they feel sick or have any sign of illness.
- Get tested immediately if you or anyone in your family feels sick.
- Squamish is a small community of under 20,000 residents and limited health care services. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe!
Wash Your Hands
- Good hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands regularly and pack hand sanitizer.
Keep a Safe Physical Distance
- Remember, 2-metre physical distancing is extremely important.
- Bring a mask or face covering, and be sure to wear it inside all public spaces and whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- Watch for markings on the ground to help guide where to stand in line for stores and restaurants. Keep an eye out for one-way aisles in grocery stores.
Come Prepared & Bring Supplies
- Expect maximum capacity limits in businesses.
- Pack a clean-trip kit with hand sanitizer, wipes, a mask, and disposable bag.
Respect Travel Advisories
- See the latest local, provincial and federal updates related to travel
- Visit www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc for additional information about travelling within BC.
- The Province has created a dedicated phone service to provide British Columbians with non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing. Information is available in more than 110 languages, seven days a week between 7:30 am-8 pm, at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 1-888-268-4319.
- The Canadian border remains closed for leisure and recreational travel. Essential international travel over the Canadian border is permitted, however, any visitor who arrives from outside of Canada must quarantine for 14-days upon arrival. See the Canadian Border Services Agency website for details.
Squamish is committed to upholding the highest standards in health and safety. Let’s all interact considerately and follow the latest recommendations of health authorities to keep ourselves and each other safe. Together, we’ll cultivate an environment where health and well-being are second nature.
During these times, let’s play simply, by emphasizing fun, wellness and a connection to nature while staying in our comfort zones to avoid burdening local health resources.
Let’s explore responsibly, by leaving no trace, keeping wildlife wild and respecting the amenities, people and nature around us. During peak times, this could mean seeking out quieter spaces to help maintain physical distancing.
We’re working hard to re-open and revitalize Squamish responsibly and safely. Let’s enjoy patiently, by being courteous to each other, by understanding that some things may not be the same right away, and by sharing the Squamish we all know and love, as we navigate this new normal.