Like many places, Fernie has endured many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. This website was created to support the community with important information. Please scroll for a variety of details.
For traveller updates please visit our local Fernie COVID-19 travel page.
In effort to keep everyone from getting COVID or transmitting it others and those more vulnerable, the BC Government has specific restrictions and legally enforceable orders in place.
As of August 21st new mask and gathering restrictions have returned to the Interior Region of BC to address increasing cases. The Interior Region includes the Kootenays & Okanagan which includes our area.
BC is still in Step 3 of the BC Governments Restart Plan.
Starting September 13th proof of vaccination is required for participating in a variety of activities across all of BC.
For local travel & COVID updates also visit our local Fernie COVID-19 travel page.
By order of BC's Health Officer, proof of vaccination will be required to access some events, services and businesses.
Starting September 13, you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated.
This includes anyone coming into BC from other parts of Canada.
International travellers must be fully vaccinated to enter Canada.
The fastest way to easing restrictions and either not get sick or to prevent more serious illness, is to get vaccinated.
Vaccines are effective and safe and available to anyone born up to 2009 (Age 12 +). Getting vaccinated is easy:
In Fernie to-date the vaccine administered has been the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. It can take 7-14 days to take effect. Two shots are required to be fully vaccinated. A minimum of 28 days is required between the two shots.
PICK - one, or more, local business or organization to support, shop on-location or by phone/online. Think of those that may need the extra help to get by. Need ideas? Visit our handy list of Fernie businesses with websites for online shopping, ordering gift certificates or making reservations? Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUPPORT - by spending at least $100 at one or more businesses, or purchasing gift cards between April 29 - June 20th. Keep your receipts! You can have many receipts that total $100 dated between April 29 - June 20th.
GET - bring your receipts to the Fernie Visitor Centre or email them to us at email@example.com to get your FREE LOYAL to LOCAL #FernieStrong t-shirt or hat, plus an entry to win a $1000 Fernie Staycation! Deadline is June 25th. If you are from out-of-town you can participate too! We'll simply ask for you to cover the cost of shipping the shirt/hat if you can't arrange pick up.
SHARE - your support and participation by posting online and help spread the word of this great way to help local and be rewarded! Tag @tourismfernie and @ferniechamber and the hashtag #FernieStrong to get extra Staycation entry!
CHALLENGE - help support local by challenging others to a good old friendly guilt-trip to participate. 'Show-off' that you did your part and get others to do the same!
WEAR - flaunt your new swag around town!
If you're feeling unwell or think you've been in close contact with someone who is call 811 for advice. Do not go to work without also talking to your employer.
Up to $1,000 income while you're isolating. The Canadian Recovery Sickness Benefit gives income support to individuals who can't work because they're sick or self-isolating due to COVID-19.
Local testing for COVID-19 can be booked online or call 1-877-740-7747. If you can't drive to the testing site in Sparwood then call 250-423-8581.
Elk Valley COVID Support Team provides grocery delivery to anyone in self-isolation / quarantine. Learn more.
Fernie Fresh Food Share is a program within The Salvation Army redirecting perfectly good food that is headed to the landfill to better end users. Learn more on their Facebook page. The Fernie Food Bank can be reached at 250-423-4668.
East Kootenay Crisis Line volunteers are available to listen, help problem solve, and help make connections to community resources in the East Kootenay region. To reach them call 1-888-353-2273.
When you self-isolate, stay home and keep away from others to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
When do you have to self-isolate?
If you are in self-isolation and require any type of assistance please call 1-833-469-9803 and select EAST KOOTENAY for a Pandemic Health Coordinator.
Contact tracing is an important tool to more quickly prevent the virus from spreading in the community.
If you are a contact of a confirmed case (meaning you've been around someone that tested positive), a member of the public health team will contact you to let you know you may have been exposed. If you have symptoms, you need to get tested.
If you do not have symptoms but have been in close contact (what does close contact mean?), you will be asked to self-isolate so that if you develop COVID-19, you won’t spread it to others in the community. Either way you should let others you have been in close contact with know of your situation so they can make safe decisions too.
Housemates and family members can have different levels of comfort and understanding with COVID and the restrictions. Take the time to sit down together and talk about the importance of respecting each other and the importance of following and understanding local health orders.
Here are some articles to help the conversation, note, most of these are from outside of BC so be sure to know the local BC COVID Restrictions & Orders:
Bill is COVID-19 Positive.
Bill knows he needs to self-isolate for 14 days.
Bill does not go outside or to the grocery store. He has friends or calls for support to bring him groceries and other items.
Bill knows this is only for a short period and will protect others from getting COVID-19.
Bill knows he can apply for federal support to help cover some of his expenses while not being able to work.
Bill is smart and respectful of the community.
Be like Bill.