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Fernie Welcomes Visitors SAFELY & COVID-19 Local Updates

Tuesday • October 20, 2020

Fernie welcomes visitors including out-of-province visitors, but safely, please read below.

BC, and Fernie, is allowing visitors to travel to BC from other Canadian provinces. But, we must all travel SMART and be respectful of local safety and business procedures. The Canada-USA border is still closed to all non-essential travel until at least November 21, and is expected to remain closed through the rest of fall and potentially winter season. Please expect and respect the new safe ways of experiencing Fernie. Businesses are open again, however with guidelines, new hours and procedures in place, please adhere to signs. Masks are not mandatory in Fernie but many businesses do require them.

Winter Ski Season - all resorts will be operating this winter season. Fernie Alpine Resort's opening date is December 5th. Local catskiing operations will open around mid-December.  Fernie's offers a wealth of cross-country skiing, fat biking and snowshoeing opportunities as well which are great ways to safely enjoy the outdoors. Businesses offering indoor experiences such as wellness, spa, dining, shopping and attractions are all open with safety protocols in place.

View images of just a few of our local businesses with safety top of mind.

Dr Bonnie Henry's Play Safe

Tips on planning your visit to Fernie, BC this fall and winter.

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.

To ensure the stop of spreading any cold, flu or viruses, including COVID-19:

  • Practice social / physical distancing - Stay 6 feet away from those not within your family or travelling unit.
  • Keep gatherings small - 6 adults or less, especially indoors, and stay apart from other groups
  • Wear a mask when you can't do proper distancing (limited local supplies, bring your own please)
  • Wash your hands frequently and have hand santizer with you at all times (limited local supplies, bring your own please)
  • Stay home or away from others when not feeling well
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm when you cough/sneeze
  • Don't touch your face with unclean hands

Additional Links & Information:

Self-Assessment Tool

Update from the Elk Valley Doctors - September 21, 2020

BC's COVID-19 Tracker

Alberta's COVID-19 Tracker

BC's Dr Bonnie Henry's 8 Key Principles

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

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

CDC's instructions on making DIY face coverings

About the Coronavirus.

BC Centre for Disease Control

HealthLink BC

Government of Canada Public Health



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