After careful consideration and consultation, the Haida Nation will welcome all fully vaccinated visitors to Haida Territories.
It is still crucial to follow all public health orders and COVID-19 safety practices.
When planning your trip, please remember:
- Check back on this website for the latest updates on local safety measures.
- Carry your own supply of masks, reusable or single use.
- Wash hands frequently and sanitize before and after entering public spaces.
- If you are not feeling well, please stay home until it is safe for you to travel and consider getting a negative COVID-19 test before traveling.
- We request visitors to be fully vaccinated before arriving on Haida Gwaii.
Effective at 12:01 AM Tuesday September 7, 2021:
New Northern Health orders:
- Personal gatherings in your home – one additional family or 5 guests
- Personal gatherings outside your home – maximum 50 people
- Indoor events – have a safety plan (the organizer should have a safety plan, but is not required to submit one for approval)
- Outside events – when more than 200 people, then have a safety plan
- Sporting events with spectators, indoor & outdoor – have a safety plan
Currently in Step 3 of BC restart plan and still in place:
In the Restart step 3 and current PHO order on gatherings and events:
- Indoor events – maximum of 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater
- Outside events – maximum of 5000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is greater
- Outdoor spectator events: 5000 people or 50% capacity
- Indoor spectator event: 50 people or 50% capacity
Not restricted by either NH order or restart step 3/PHO order:
- All indoor fitness classes allowed, normal capacity
- Gyms and recreation facilities, normal capacity
- Restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs (except for socialization between tables or dancing)
- Worship services or educational activities (K to 12 and post-secondary)
These measures will remain in place until Northern Health experiences lower cases and higher vaccination rates.
For more information on how to get a vaccine in your community, visit: northernhealth.ca/health-topics/covid-19-vaccine-plan
- Malls, shopping centres
- Grocery and liquor stores
- Coffee shops
- On public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle
- Clothing and retail stores
- Areas of office buildings where services to the public are provided
- Common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity
- Common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations
- Inside schools for all K to 12 staff, visitors and students in grades 4 to 12
- Drug stores
- Community centres
- Recreation centres
- City Halls
- Restaurants, pubs and bars when not seated at a table
There are exemptions for:
- People with health conditions or with physical, cognitive or mental impairments who cannot wear one
- People who cannot remove a mask on their own
- Children under the age of 12
People who need to remove their masks to communicate due to another person’s hearing impairment
A face shield is not a substitute for a mask as it has an opening below the mouth.
Note: The order will be reassessed when proof of vaccination and B.C.’s vaccine card are fully implemented.
There are pop-up vaccination clinics on Haida Gwaii. For information on dates and booking go to <https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/covid-19-immunization-clinics> and check out local notices.
The requirement applies to all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+) and covers:
- Indoor ticketed sporting events with more than 50 people
- Indoor concerts, theatre, dance and symphony events with more than 50 people
- Licensed restaurants and cafes and restaurants and cafes that offer table service (indoor and patio dining), including liquor tasting rooms in wineries, breweries or distilleries
- Pubs, bars and lounges (indoor and patio dining)
- Nightclubs, casinos and movie theatres
- Gyms, exercise/dance facilities/studios and these activities happening in recreation facilities
- Businesses offering indoor exercise/fitness
- Indoor adult group and team sports for people 22 years old or older
- Indoor organized events with 50 or more people.
- For example: wedding and funeral receptions (outside of a funeral home), organized parties, conferences, trade fairs and workshops
- Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities with more than 50 people like pottery, art and choir
- Post-secondary student housing
- Spectators at indoor youth sporting events with more than 50 people
You don’t have to show proof of vaccination at places like:
- Grocery stores, liquor stores and pharmacies
- Unlicensed restaurants that don’t offer table service
- For example: fast food, coffee shops, food courts, food trucks and takeout
- Tasting rooms without seating attached to wineries, breweries or distilleries
- Local public transportation (BC Transit, TransLink, BC Ferries)
- Salons, hairdressers and barbers
- Hotels, resorts, cabins and campsites
- Unless it is a setting or event covered by the PHO order. For example a licensed hotel restaurant, wedding reception or conference
- Does not include exercise/fitness facilities in hotels that are for guests
- Swimming pools (unless it’s the location of an event) and skating rinks (unless being used for adult sports)
- Banks and credit unions
- Retail and clothing stores
- Public libraries, museums, art galleries (unless they are the location of an event)
- Food banks and shelters
- Escape rooms, laser tag, indoor paint ball, arcades and bowling alleys (if they are unlicensed or don’t offer food-related table service)
- Post-secondary on-campus cafeterias
- Airport food courts and restaurants
- Health care services, rehabilitation or exercise therapy programs, and drug and alcohol support group meetings
- Social services provided to people in need
You don’t have to show proof of vaccination at events like:
- Worship services
- Indoor youth recreational sport for people 21 years old or younger
- Before and after school programs for K to 12 students
- Student events and activities in K to 12 public and independent schools
- Indoor organized events with less than 50 people, except adult sports
The requirement is in place until January 31, 2022, subject to extension.