Bowen cautiously welcomes back visitors

Bowen Island is readying to welcome back tourists and seasonal residents alike following Premier John Horgan’s announcement Wednesday that B.C. is moving to stage three of the restart plan, which includes non-essential travel within the province.

“Bowen Island Municipality will continue to follow the province’s coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said BIM in a press release (essentially rescinding the “please visit later” ask of earlier this year). That the province recommends planning ahead when looking to visit smaller communities by calling the local tourism office, BIM reminded travelers.

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The visitor centre is opening June 27 and will be open daily throughout the summer. Tourism Bowen Island is hiring and training staff and will be reaching out to local businesses for hours and COVID protocols to share with visitors.

Bowen Island Municipality is reminding all travellers of general COVID safety precautions:

  • “If you are sick, stay home. No exceptions.
  • If you are returning from travel outside of Canada, you must self-isolate (stay home) for 14 days.
  • Keep your social bubble small. Be mindful of those in your bubble who may be at higher risk of serious illness.
  • Physical distancing: stay at least two metres or six feet away from anyone outside of your bubble
  • Good hygiene: Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing (such as coughing into your elbow or using a tissue); avoid touching your face; keep spaces clean.
  • Consider wearing a non-medical mask in spaces where physical distance cannot be maintained.
  • If you think you have symptoms, self-isolate immediately. Call 8-1-1 or use this online tool for an assessment, and follow the advice on what to do.”

“It is our strong expectation that everyone, including visitors from other communities, will continue to follow these measures, doing our part to keep transmission of COVID-19 low and slow,” said the press release.

“We can all enjoy this summer safely. Let’s protect our province and Bowen Island by protecting each other, while showing kindness, compassion and respect.”

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