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COVID-19 / Coronavirus Update

Thursday • April 9, 2020

Explore Fernie...Later.  As we protect our community, now is not the time for non-essential travel to Fernie.

CURRENT LIST of local businesses that are open, closed or have adjusted hours and online/pick-up purchase options - as of 12pm, April 9th.
Have a local update to this list? Email: social@tourismfernie.com

All BC Parks (including Mt Fernie and all trails within BC Parks) and BC Recreation Sites on government/crown land (camping, shelters, facilities) are closed until May 31st or until the BC Gov't order is rescinded.  However, local City owned parks and trails in Fernie are open, but not playgrounds, and dogs must be on a leash even in off-leash areas. Other trails such as Montane and trails outside the Provincial Park are still accessible, but be sure to adhere to the 6ft physical distancing rules on the trails, at trailheads and for parking. Visit Trailforks for trail updates and closures. Elk Valley Nordic Centre is still open for nordic skiing.

Camping, ORV use restricted in Koocanusa Area 30 minutes west of Fernie - spring & summer

Canadian Government Support for Individuals & Businesses

BC Government Support for Individuals & Businesses

Elk Valley COVID Support Team

Local Business Information & Support - Updates from the Fernie Chamber of Commerce

We know we all love to travel and explore, and tourism is a very important industry for our community, but we understand that now is not the time for non-essential travel as we all work to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. You will be able to visit Fernie again in the very near future, so please explore our website for planning your next visit. Questions? Please feel free to contact us.

Fernie Alpine Resort, Island Lake Catskiing/Lodge and Fernie Wilderness Adventures Catskiing have officially closed for the season.  Notice: No ski touring or other activities are allowed on the alpine ski trails at Fernie Alpine Resort, this is for everyone's safety & security (ie. no more controlled avalanche work happening on mountain).

A variety of lodging properties in Fernie are not taking bookings currently, but are for later this spring and beyond when the time is right, please reach out to them directly. Some are currently open for those individuals conducting essential travel, such as Best Western, Park Place Lodge, Canadas Best Value Inn, Stanford Hotel, HomeFARAway, and select properties with Fernie Central Reservations, some restrictions may apply so please reach out to them for details.

We encourage anyone who has to travel to take every precaution necessary to avoid contact with others, practice effective hand washing and above all, meet the social distancing (6ft) requirements as noted by the health authorities.

Experiencing the outdoors is a positive and supported activity for well-being as a whole and supports social distancing (6 ft) requirements. 

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre located on Hwy 3 on the east side of town is currently still open. They can also be reached at 1-778-519-0748 or message us by email or messenger.

About the Coronavirus.

Self-Assessment Tool

What is Social Distancing

Update from the Elk Valley Doctors

Stop the Spread - Elk Valley Poster

Ending COVID - Article of Interest

To ensure the stop of spreading any cold, flu or viruses, including COVID-19: Wash your hands regularly, stay home or away from others when not feeling well, if feeling unwell call 1-833-784-4397 or see a doctor, cover your mouth and nose when you cough/sneeze, don't touch your face with uncleaned hands.

Below are links to more details that are being updated at least daily.

National News CBC

Destination BC COVID-19 Updates

BC Centre for Disease Control

HealthLink BC

Government of Canada Public Health

Additional Local/Regional Information Sources:

City of Fernie

Fernie Fresh Food Share

Salvation Army Fernie - Facebook Page

Regional District of East Kootenay

Interior BC Health Authority

Regional News Source E-Know

 

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