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Monday • June 1, 2020

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BC is successfully flattening the curve! Current provincial advisory is still to avoid non-essential travel for early June.  Fernie will be ready mid June!

BC's Restart Plan announced by Premier Horgan in early May is currently in Phase 2 till mid June. At this time, only essential travel is advised by the provincial government. Many of Fernie's restaurants & pubs, retail shops and others have begun to reopen as identified in Phase 2 of the Restart Plan, but with provincial level guidelines in place to ensure the health and safety of their staff and customers. Activity operators such as local rafting companies are opening mid June, Fernie Alpine Resort opens June 27th, fly fishing guides start June 15th and the Fernie Golf Club is now open. Most public washrooms and the sani-dump (at the Visitor Centre) are now open.

Please expect a new way of experiencing Fernie this summer as we progress through these reopenings and new safe way of offering our amazing experiences.  See full and current list of what's open below.

Many accommodators are open now and others are opening or expanding operations over the next week or more. Please reach out to them directly for details. Phase 3 of the Restart Plan, which supports non-essential travel, is expected mid June.  Currently the USA-Canada border is closed to non-essential travel until June 21st. The USA-Canada border is within federal jurisdiction; current indicators anticipate the border closure will extend longer, probably till fall season. Travelers are also encouraged to review Destination BC's COVID-19 Updates.

We all love to travel and explore, and tourism is a very important industry for our community, so please feel free to contact us in your trip planning.  Our website is continually being updated as information is available on each business and how they will be operating.  We encourage anyone who has to undertake travel at this time to take every precaution necessary to avoid close contact with others, practice effective hand washing and meet the physical distancing (2 metres) needs as noted by the health authorities.

Support our community by shopping locally, view list below of what's open and online or order by phone shopping. This list is updated multiple times per week. For trail info, see below.

CURRENT LIST of local businesses that are open, closed or have adjusted hours and online/pick-up purchase options - as of 1:00pm, June 1st. Have a local update to this list? Email: social@tourismfernie.com or call 1-250-423-6868.

Shop local additional links:  The Fernie Collective |  Downtown Fernie Missing Fernie? Bring Fernie to your Home

BC's Dr Bonnie Henry's 8 Key Principles Going Forward

TRAILS & Parks: All trail users must adhere to the trail guidelines found here.

  • Mt Fernie Provincial Park is now open for day-use and camping, however the BC Parks system is giving preference to BC residents this season in light of COVID-19. More details.
  • Ridgemont Trail Network is now open, please read these details from Parastone Developments on what Ridgemont trails are open specifically.
  • Local City owned parks and trails in Fernie are open. This includes the skateboard park, dirt jump park, Rotary Park Playground, fields and disc golf course. Dogs must be on a leash on City trails even in off-leash areas, except the off-leash area on 13th Street. Public washrooms are now open.
  • Other trails such as Montane, Mt Proctor etc are open.
  • Visit Trailforks for on-going trail updates and closures.

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

Experiencing the outdoors is a positive and supported activity for well-being as a whole and supports physical distancing (2 metres) requirements. 

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

BC COVID-19 Tracker

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

Canadian Government Support for Individuals & Businesses

BC Government Support for Individuals & Businesses

Elk Valley COVID Support Team

Update from the Elk Valley Doctors

CDC's instructions on making DIY face coverings

About the Coronavirus.

Self-Assessment Tool

What is Social Distancing

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

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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