Local businesses, organizations and the tourism sector have endured many challenges and hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. Until June 20th the LOYAL to LOCAL #FernieStrong initiative sponsored by TECK aims to further support local by rewarding local spending.
Need to know how? Scroll below for all the details.
For local travel updates and reopening visit our local Fernie COVID-19 travel page. Travel is open within Interior and Northern BC, and opening up to all of BC on June 15th, then the rest of Canada on July 1st.
Show your LOYAL to LOCAL support! By participating you can get a limited edition #FernieStrong shirt or hat and a chance to win a $1,000 Fernie Staycation.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
In partnership with Tourism Fernie, Fernie Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by TECK
The fastest way to easing restrictions and either not get sick or to prevent more serious illness, is to get vaccinated. Of the COVID-19 cases in BC between December 27th and May 1st, 98.2% are from those not vaccinated.
Vaccines are effective and safe. Getting vaccinated is easy:
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. Everyone is expected to follow the orders, similar to wearing a seat belt in a vehicle or not driving under the influence. Local and provincial enforcement is increasing.
Key Restrictions & Orders:
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:
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Driving range is now open at the Fernie Golf Club.
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.