COVID-19 Current Update & Response
Information updated for the week: June 15-21, 2020
Tourism Squamish is committed to providing our partners and members with reliable, accurate and timely information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
On June 4, the Squamish Visitor Centre kiosks and the Squamish Store re-opened for business with physical distancing and additional COVID-19 Health and Safety protocols in place.
If you would like to share information and updates about your business with the Visitor Centre please email info [at] tourismsquamish.com
We encourage you to maintain contact with us, share your thoughts and we will continue to provide regular updates and information.
Feel free to reach out directly to:
Heather Kawaguchi, Director of Member Relations at heather [at] tourismsquamish.com
or 604 815 4975
Lesley Weeks, Executive Director at lesley [at] tourismsquamish.com or 604 815 5080.
Below is a range of resources arranged by topic and alphabetical order to assist you at this time.
B.C.'s Economic Response
British Columbians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will benefit from $5 billion in income supports, tax relief, and direct funding for people, businesses, and services.
Visit the BC government’s COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information page to learn more about the measures in place and supports available for British Columbians.
Application for B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers
You can apply now for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers, a tax-free, one time $1,000 payment for B.C. residents whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID-19.
Find out if you’re eligible, what you need to apply, and how to apply. Updated May 1, 2020
B.C.'s Restart Plan
On May 6, Premier John Horgan along with Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced BC's Restart Plan and the phased approach toward the "New Normal" for citizens of BC. Download BC's Restart PDF.
BC is currently in Phase 2 and residents are encouraged to avoid all non-essential and inter-community travel.
B.C. State of Emergency
On March 18, B.C. declared a state of emergency province-wide to ensure federal, provincial, and local resources are delivered in a joint, coordinated way. On June 10, Premier Horgan once again extended the province's state of emergency for 14 days until June 23, 2020.
Provincial measures in place to contain the virus and flatten the curve, include:
- Mandatory physical distancing fo 2metres or 6ft are in place
- The temporary closure of the following businesses in BC:
- Casinos, community gaming centres and bingo halls.
- Bars, pubs and nightclubs.
- Prohibiting gatherings or events larger than 50 people until further notice. This includes indoor and outdoor sporting events, conferences, meetings, religious gatherings and other similar events.
#Here4squamish is a new, collaborative campaign developed in partnership by the District of Squamish, Squamish Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Squamish, the Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association, WorkBC, Community Futures and the Squamish Arts Council to deliver communications to support Squamish businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- To ensure that the local business community have access to official and relevant resources in a timely manner.
- To offer guidance and support as we recover and build resilience in the time ahead.
The District of Squamish and the Squamish Chamber of Commerce have put together a number of business resources to assist you with business continuity, operations, employees, recovery and financing. Tourism Squamish will continue to provide tourism-specific information and resources as it becomes available.
As you work to determine your unique path forward, Small Business BC has gathered the latest resources to help small businesses to get through this challenging time.
Business & Facilities Closures
Many Squamish businesses, including activities, attractions, transportation, retail stores, and restaurants, have altered or temporarily suspended their operations. Please find a list of changes here, which will be updated frequently.
In addition to business closures, the District of Squamish has closed several facilities as of March 16, for further information please visit the District of Squamish website.
Canada’s Economic Response
Destination BC (DBC) COVID-19 Updates
Destination BC is providing up to date and relevant tourism-related COVID-19 updates, we encourage all members to review these updates regularly.
Messaging Guide for BC’s Tourism Industry
COVID-19 industry calls
Destination BC is holding weekly calls each Thursday morning with cross-provincial industry partners. During these calls, we are sharing facts, trends, data from research and analytics, and updates from sectors. These calls are a great opportunity for the industry to hear more about what we know, including our plans to support BC tourism. The recordings will be posted below following each call: