BC Travel Restrictions - new regional travel boundaries need to be reviewed

Article #3480
2021-04-29
Published By: Keven Dubinsky

As of Friday, April 23, 2021, the BC Provincial Government announced additional restrictions for non-essential travel in BC, effective through midnight May 25th.

In the new restrictions the government has combined B.C.'s five health authorities into three regions of the province. Travel into and out of the regions for non-essential reasons is not allowed and is now prohibited by law.

The regions are:

  • Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley (Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health)
  • Northern/Interior (Northern Health and Interior Health, including Bella Coola Valley, the Central Coast and Hope)
  • Vancouver Island (Vancouver Island Health)

BC Alpine is advising that members, clubs, and teams stay local as much as possible and within their defined health region. 

Key takeaway: Up until now there has been allowance to cross Health Authority borders in order to attend your home club activities. With this important change, even these activities are not allowed if crossing the newly defined regions. 

While the BC Government’s Province-wide restrictions state an exemption for High Performance Athletes to ‘train, travel and compete’ together, BC Alpine has received clarification from viaSport that this is an exemption under the PHO Order on Gatherings and Events and not a PHO variance (e.g. the BC Hockey League). As a result, high-performance athlete travel that crosses the health authority regions is not allowed.

While the orders do not specifically address every individual situation, when interpreting the orders, it is important to remember that the intention of the orders is to stay local as much as possible and to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

References:

https://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/RTS_KM_Spring_travel_guidance_04.28.21.pdf

https://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/RTS_KM_Spring_travel_guidance_FINAL_0.pdf

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions

https://www.bclaws.gov.bc.ca/civix/document/id/mo/mo/m0172_2021

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/travel/current