Plan ahead. Be safe. Be kind.
Like you, we're passionate about exploring but now is not the time to travel for non-essential purposes. Book now for after May 25 when travel restrictions are scheduled to ease! If you're travelling for essential purposes please review below. Essential is defined as non-leisure travel such as for work, healthcare/appointments, returning home, moving, school, attending a funeral, etc.
Visit our COVID-19 specific news page for regular updates: tourismfernie.com/news/coronavirus-covid-19
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Here’s what we’re doing to protect you when in Fernie during the COVID pandemic:
- All businesses have implemented and posted provincially approved guidelines for safety and cleaning to keep patrons and staff safe and healthy. Ask businesses directly on how they are helping to keep you safe.
- Mandatory masks in indoor spaces, some exceptions apply.
- Signage at businesses and around the community will help provide information and guidelines.
- Visit our COVID-19 specific web page for regular updates: tourismfernie.com/news/coronavirus-covid-19
Here’s what we’re asking of you to help keep locals and other visitors safe, and to ensure a positive experience for everyone:
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Before arriving in Fernie:
- Know before you go. Visit TourismFernie.com for regular updates, call the Visitor Centre 1-778-519-0748 or contact individual businesses for details specific to your trip. View updated BC Gov't restrictions in detail.
- Plan to make SMART decisions:
- S - Stay home or self-quarantine if you are not feeling well. Call 811 in BC for health advise.
- M - Measure your physical distancing (6 ft from those outside your family or travelling/household unit). No private parties.
- A - Appropriate behaviour is essential. Take responsibility for your actions. Wash your hands frequently, cough into your sleeve, wear a mask in public indoor spaces.
- R - Respect others and protocols. Accept that there are new ways of travelling, doing businesses and participating in activities which are all put in place to keep us ALL safe. Be kind, do not judge and do not discriminate. Adhere to local signage.
- T - Together we will beat COVID-19 through SMART decisions
- Book activities in advance. Make reservations for lodging. Call restaurants to confirm hours/availability, take-out and delivery options.
- Bring as much of your own supplies and groceries with you if possible to limit large numbers and line-ups in local small grocery stores, liquor stores etc
- Fernie is a small community with limited supplies. We encourage visitors to bring their own personal protective equipment such as hand sanitizer, gloves and masks.
- If you have been sick in the week prior to travelling or have a cough, flu-like symptoms - reschedule your trip. Our businesses have flexible cancellation policies.
While in Fernie:
- Understand current provincial protocols: View updated BC Gov't restrictions in detail.
- Please adhere to physical distancing (6 feet) between anyone outside of your family or travelling unit.
- Wear a mask in public indoor spaces.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- If you or someone in your travel unit begin to feel unwell stay in your place of lodging, call 811 and follow the directions by the provincial health authorities. You may be required to either return to your place of residence or to be tested locally for COVID-19 which has an approximate turn-around time of 48 hours.
- Be kind, respectful and have patience with others. Please read and adhere to signage. We are all in this together and our community and businesses are working under specific guidelines and very unique circumstances to ensure your safety while providing a quality experience and product.
- COVID-19 safety guidelines have reduced the number of customers businesses can cater to at any given time. Many businesses have times when they are busier vs less busy within a given day or day of the week. Consider calling ahead to confirm the best times so you may be serviced more quickly.
- Contact restaurants and stores to ask about take-out, delivery and/or pick-up services. Until April 19th indoor dining in BC is not allowed. View our updated Where to Eat & Drink List During COVID
- Help keep our first responders safe and hospitals able to handle all needs by playing safe and staying within your limits as you explore and partake in adventures in our amazing area.
- Keep your dog on leash throughout town, on community trails and in local parks. There is an off-leash dog park in town off 13th Street just past the Recycle Depot.
Questions? Our website has tons of information to get you started. For more details contact individual businesses directly or call the Fernie Visitor Centre staff at 1-778-519-0748 or by email at email@example.com. When you arrive in town, the staff at the Fernie Visitor Centre, located on Hwy 3 east of town, open Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm, will be available to help answer any of your questions.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your courtesy.