C-19 BULLETIN - November 20, 2020

Industry Continues to Clarify
New Restrictions

Thanks to our partners at the BCHA, here is a summary of yesterday's announcement by Dr. Bonnie Henry of new province-wide restrictions. The order is in effect from November 20th to December 7th at midnight, though it is possible that we may see these measures extended at that time.

The order includes, but is not limited to, the following restrictions:
  • All residents in BC are encouraged to limit all non-essential travel.
  • All residents from outside of BC have been asked to postpone their visits to the province at this time.
  • Formal meetings (business meetings, support groups, city council meetings) can continue with up to 50 people, space permitting, and with appropriate COVID-19 safety measures in place.
Social Gatherings:
  • No social gatherings of any size are permitted with anyone other than your household - if you live alone you are permitted to see your core bubble of one or two people.
  • However, the following kinds of activities are still permitted: going for a walk with a friend (while maintaining a safe distance); parents carpooling kids to and from school; grandparents providing child care.
Exceptions to Events:
  • Funerals, weddings and baptisms: These may proceed with a limited number of people and a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place, with a maximum of 10 people attending, including the officiant. No public receptions allowed.
  • Masks are now required for everyone in all public indoor settings and workplaces (excluding schools).
  • People who cannot wear a mask or who cannot put on or remove a mask on their own are exempt. 
  • Employers are expected to enforce the mandatory mask policy with both employees and customers.
  • A customer can be refused entry or service if they do not wear a mask.
  • Masks are required in all workplaces for shared work areas and areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained. 
  • Employers must review their COVID-19 Safety Plan, ensuring that employees self-monitor for symptoms daily and stay home if symptomatic.
  • Where possible, workers should be encouraged to work from home.
  • Employers must ensure that all workers and customers maintain appropriate physical distance and wear masks when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Inspections of businesses and enforcement of public health orders are being increased. Non-compliancy may result in orders and fines, or closures.
Restaurants and Bars:
  • Restaurants and bars can continue to operate as long as they have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and employee protocols in place. 
  • Only members of the same household should visit a restaurant together with a limit of six people at a table.
  • Reservations for private parties that include more than one household or core bubble must be cancelled.
  • High-risk indoor group fitness activities (spin classes, hot yoga, etc) are suspended.
  • No spectators allowed at any indoor/outdoor sport and no travelling outside the local community for sports.

For full details on the provincial restrictions, visit:
Destination BC - Key Messaging
Nov. 20-Dec. 7

By order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer, individuals and businesses in BC must significantly reduce social interactions and travel from November 19th at midnight. The order is in effect until December 7th at midnight.

BC tourism businesses can refer to the Messaging Guidance for November 20-December 7 related to the announcement on provincial restrictions. The document includes messaging and a FAQ.

Download PDF here or visit Destination BC website:
This year, TIABC is holding its AGM virtually.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
3:00 PM (PST) - Guest Speaker Greg Klassen - Twenty31
4:00 PM (via Zoom) AGM

Please register in advance HERE
The Second Wave Impacts Tourism

Possible Extensions on Non-essential Travel Spell Bad News for BC's Struggling Tourism Industry
"The tourism industry is urging the province to be crystal clear in whatever restrictions could be coming to allow them to plan accordingly," said Vivek Sharma, Chair of the Tourism Industry Association of B.C.

"We don't know if the majority of our businesses will see the spring. If it does come down to the fact that there's no travel within BC, then I'm not even sure where to begin," he said. 
"The impact is going to be profound."

Vancouver Island’s Top Doctor Says Break in Travel Needed to Curb Coronavirus Spread

Vivek Sharma, TIABC Chair, joined Simi Sara on morning radio to discuss the new travel restrictions
(interview starts at 13:15 mark- November 20th)

TIABC Chair Vivek Sharma joined Global BC News to discuss the fallout from further travel restrictions.

Industry Survey for Tourism Operators in the
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region

TIABC is working with the BC Destination Marketing Organization Association, the Metro Vancouver Tourism & Hospitality Industry Response and Recovery Task Force, and Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region (VCM) on an important survey to ensure we have up-to-date information on the impacts of COVID-19 on the region's visitor economy. This survey is being led provincially by the BC Regional Tourism Secretariat, BC Hotel Association and the BCDMOA.
As an operator in the VCM region, completing this confidential survey allows us to be more effective in advocating on your behalf with both the provincial and federal government.
Recognizing the demands on your time we have made the survey as short as possible while collecting the necessary data to inform decision-makers.
Please respond as soon as possible. Thank you.

BC / Yukon Bubble Ends

Yukon is imposing stricter rules for travellers entering the territory starting today.

Everyone except critical services workers will now be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Yukon.

The rule also applies to people coming in from neighbouring BC, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. However, exceptions will be made for people living in border areas such as Atlin, Lower Post, Fireside, Jade City, Fraser and Pleasant Camp, BC, as well as transboundary First Nations,

Under the territory's previous rules, residents of Yukon, BC, Nunavut and the N.W.T. did not need to self-isolate when arriving in Yukon, as long as they hadn't travelled outside those four jurisdictions within the past two weeks. Critical workers were also exempt from having to self-isolate.
Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada Calls for Urgent Federal Funding from Financial Relief Programs as Second Wave of Pandemic Shutters More Businesses

With international borders still closed and health units across the country once again limiting domestic travel to prevent further spread of COVID-19, the Indigenous tourism industry has been especially affected. To date, based on research conducted with the Conference Board of Canada, ITAC is reporting a 65.9% decline in Canada’s direct gross domestic product (GDP) and an anticipated loss of over 1,000 Indigenous tourism businesses, affecting over 21,000 people and their families.

Read more at:

View infographic here
Destination Canada Webinar

On November 27th at 11am PST join Gloria Loree, Senior Vice President, Marketing Strategy & Chief Marketing Officer, and Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, Executive Director, Business Events where they will provide an update on Destination Canada’s corporate strategic direction and an update on Business Events planning for 2021. Time for discussion will be allotted as we want to hear from Team Canada partners.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 950995
Sport Fishing Institute
Conference and Webinar Series 2020

The Sport Fishing Institute is hosting a series of virtual discussions intended to seek pathways for recovery of salmon stocks and predictable opportunity and reliable access for BC’s public fishery. Each session will be approximately 90 minutes long and will cover topics within this year's theme, Charting a Predictable Path for Salmon and BC’s Public Fishery.

Attendance is free with thanks to conference sponsors, but you must register in advance for each session. Please visit the SFI website and the 2020 Conference page for registration links and conference updates.
Together with the Tourism Cafe, the BC Regional Tourism Secretariat is pleased to announce expanded support through the BC Tourism Resiliency Network. Launching this month, Ideas Labs are a series of 30 online sessions on nine original topics selected from requests from tourism operators across the province. The labs will bring small groups together in a business-to-business learning environment to address hot topics where solutions to common problems are discussed and shared, and new ideas are incubated. These are 1-hour online peer-to-peer discussions led by an inspiring industry topic specialist.

Each session is limited to only 12 participants and space is limited. Ideas Labs is a program created and produced by the Tourism Cafe.

Learn more at:
Destination BC Tourism Digital Academy
5 New Intakes (free)

The Tourism Digital Academy is a free, 8-week digital marketing program for BC tourism businesses who are interested in building their knowledge and skills in digital marketing to an intermediate level.

Designed for business owners or their marketing team members, this comprehensive program is focused on providing practical, actionable guidance to complete your digital marketing plan. From setting your goals to building a better understanding of SEO, website usability, content, email marketing, analytics and more – you’ll leave the program with the confidence and knowledge to put that plan into action.

This online program includes:
• 8 weeks of interactive sessions led by digital marketing experts and ongoing access to the video recordings (Tuesdays & Thursdays each week for a total of four hours per week)
• Technical tutorials to dig deeper into specific areas and share experiences with other participants (Wednesdays each week for one hour)
• One-to-one coaching available, on-demand, to answer your sticky questions
• Audits of your business website, SEO and social media channels, to assess your current situation
• A marketing plan template to guide the development of your own plan
• Opportunities for peer support and networking
There are multiple intakes, each running for 8 weeks, beginning the week of:
• January 4
• January 11
• January 18
• February 1
• February 15

Visit the Destination BC Learning Centre to see eligibility requirements and to apply: www.destinationbc.ca/learning-centre/tourism-digital-academy
November 25 & 26

Indigenous Tourism BC AGM
November 25

December 2, 2:00pm

December 2, 3:00-5:00pm (PST)
TIABC's C-19 Bulletin is published every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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