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COVID-19 Weekly Tourism Sector Update

June 11th, 2020


Tourism Prince Rupert is committed to supporting the resiliency & recovery of our local tourism industry. Learn more about the work of Tourism Prince Rupert by visiting our corporate website at the link below.
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TPR COVID-19 Resource Page

BC State of Emergency Extended for COVID-19 Response

The BC government has formally extended the provincial state of emergency allowing Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the Province's COVID-19 pandemic response.

The state of emergency is extended through the end of the day on June 23rd.

YPR Service to Resume June 22nd

Please note that Air Canada will be returning air travel to the Prince Rupert Airport starting June 22nd, 2020, with COVID-19 safe travel measures in place. There will be only one flight to YVR per day, to start. 

The Airport will be promoting safe protocols (social distancing, wearing masks, hand washing) throughout the terminal with signage aids. Hand sanitizer station will be installed. These protocols will also align with First Bus, Digby Ferry, and the City Depot procedures.

To learn more, visit:

City of Prince Rupert Reopens Parks & Tot Lots

The City is phasing into re-opening of parks and tot lots. Once barriers such as caution tape, signs, or fencing are removed, the space will be inspected and then open for public use.

Please note, that the playground equipment is not being cleaned or disinfected.

Residents are reminded that they must follow the Provincial Health Officer Order’s and are encouraged to exercise caution when using Parks and tot lots. Continue to follow Provincial Health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:

Staying home if you feel unwell
Washing and/or sanitizing hands before and after visiting facilities
Keeping a safe physical distance and avoiding gatherings

Cow Bay Marina to Reopen

Following the lead of several other marinas up and down the BC Coast, the Cow Bay Marina will be reopening to itinerant and transient vessel traffic starting June 15th, 2020. This reopening is conditional, and includes safety precautions to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. The specific precautions that will be implemented by Marina management include:

1. Signage and a package provided to marina users indicating safe use procedures throughout the facility;

2. A questionnaire taken with each vessel passenger prior to disembarking at the facility regarding health status and travel;

3. Additional sanitization protocols of washrooms/office, and restrictions to one user at a time in facilities;

4. Direction to visitors to take additional precautions while in the community and record all visited locations;

Boaters looking for additional guidance on best practice while visiting can view the Transport Canada COVID 19 Boating Guidelines.

The BC CDC’s self-check questionnaire is similar to the screening that will be conducted at Cow Bay Marina:

Visitors seeking to book at the marina can do so by emailing or calling (250) 622 2628.

ITAC Releases National Recovery Plan for Indigenous Tourism in Canada

Inspired by a vision for a thriving Indigenous tourism economy sharing authentic, memorable and enriching experiences, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is the lead organization tasked with growing the Indigenous tourism industry across the country. Prior to 2020, Indigenous tourism was outpacing Canadian tourism activity overall, and international demand for Indigenous experiences was at an all-time high. Indigenous tourism has been one of the largest employers and economic drivers in Indigenous communities across Canada. Before the impacts of COVID-19 hit in early 2020, the Indigenous tourism industry in Canada included 1,900 businesses, 40,000 employees and contributed $1.9 billion to Canada's direct GDP (up from $1.4 billion in 2015).

Based on the likelihood that the summer 2020 Indigenous tourism season will be lost, ITAC estimates that 1,140 businesses will not open in 2020 (800 may never reopen again), 32,000 employees have lost their jobs and $1.4 billion worth of direct GDP contribution will be lost. ITAC has pivoted quickly to respond to these impacts to develop a strategic recovery plan, Forward Together, in addition to revising its 2020-21 Action Plan to specifically address the impact of COVID-19. ITAC has also provided Indigenous tourism businesses with direct stimulus grants to help them survive financially. ITAC has a modest yet realistic goal to respond, recover and rebuild the Indigenous tourism industry to levels seen in 2019 by 2024.

Dr. Bonnie Henry Releases New COVID-19 Modelling

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presented the latest round of modelling information last week, saying a sudden surge in cases would likely happen this month if people return to more than 70 per cent of normal physical contact with others.

According to the data, British Columbians are currently operating at about 50 per cent of normal activity.

The province is optimistic that if behaviour continues at this level, confirmed cases could disappear by July, and B.C. could move to the next phase of its plan to reopen the economy by mid-June.

To review June 4th's modelling presentation, visit:

To review the BC Centre for Disease Control's latest modelling, visit

Reminder: Stay Local for Now!

Though some recreational facilities will begin to reopen in mid-May, the provincial health authority is still recommending that all non-essential travel outside of your home community be postponed until we enter Phase 3 of BC's Restart Plan.

Please stay within your home community and do not travel to recreation properties or other communities for leisure.

Click here to read the complete plan.

Upcoming Destination BC Webinars

Destination BC is hosting a series of webinars to support BC’s tourism industry on the road to recovery. Register for upcoming webinars via the links below. 

June 16: SEO in Uncertain Times: How it can Help Recovery Efforts | Register here
June 18: Adapting Customer Service & Guest Communication in a Pandemic Impacted Business Environment | Register here
June 25: Returning to Work: Protecting Mental Health | Register here
July 7: Revisiting your COVID-19 Safety Plan | Register here

Learn more at:
For up to date information on the effects of COVID-19 on the tourism sector in British Columbia, please visit
Tourism Prince Rupert will be working hard to provide you with email updates regarding any new advisories or support programs as they are announced.

Please note we are only providing new information each week. For access to our past newsletters, please visit our Newsletter Archive page.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ceilidh Marlow
Executive Director, Tourism Prince Rupert
Phone: 778-361-0440
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