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JULY 28 UPDATE

Additional regional orders have been put in place by Interior Health (IH) to help reduce COVID-19 transmission and we ask visitors and residents to follow these guidelines to help keep our community and each other safe. 

  • Effective tonight at midnight, Interior Health is placing a regional mandatory mask order for all public indoor spaces in the central Okanagan communities of Peachland, West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Kelowna and Lake Country. The order applies to individuals older than 12 years of age.
  • People from outside the central Okanagan are discouraged from non-essential travel to the area for the duration of the outbreak unless they are fully vaccinated (7 days after their second dose).

Local businesses are doing their part to support the ongoing public health response and have public health and safety plans in place and will continue to refine them as needed. We ask that people have patience and be kind when visiting businesses and attractions as staffing levels may not be back to 100%.

You can read the Media Release from Interior Health here.

ROAD CLOSURES & BC WILDFIRE INFORMATION

Before you head out on your road trip, be sure to check with DriveBC for any information on road closures or construction. Summer is also a time when wildfires can start. If you see a wildfire on your travels call *5555 on your cellphone or 1-800-663-5555. Information can be found on the BC Wildfire Service website.

Emergency Info BC & Central Okanagan

Information about emergencies in BC, including evacuation orders and alerts

Information about emergencies in the Central Okanagan, including evacuation orders and alerts

Air Quality and Web Cams

Web Cam Link to Hwy 97 looking towards the north.
Web Cam Link to downtown Kelowna.

Air Quality Index for the Central Okanagan.

You can find important updates on BC travel here: https://www.hellobc.com/know-before-you-go

BC’s Restart: A plan to bring us back together

BC’s Restart is a careful, four-step plan to bring B.C. back together and on July 1st it was announced that we have entered into Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan. Now we can gradually begin to restart our important social connections, businesses and activities. Getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart.

 

July 1, 2021 UPDATE

What travel is allowed?

  • Recreational travel within Canada is now allowed. The Canadian border remains closed to international visitors, including those who have been vaccinated. BC Transit and BC Ferries offer increased service as needed.
  • Next step: Earliest start September 7th
  • Full details on BC’s Restart Plan can be found at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restart

July 28, 2021 Special Announcement from Health Minister Adrian Dix, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Interior Health Interim Chief Medical Health Officer Dr Sue Pollock

Additional regional orders have been put in place by Interior Health (IH) to help reduce COVID-19 transmission and we ask visitors and residents to follow these guidelines to help keep our community and each other safe. 

  • Effective tonight at midnight, Interior Health is placing a regional mandatory mask order for all public indoor spaces in the central Okanagan communities of Peachland, West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Kelowna and Lake Country. The order applies to individuals older than 12 years of age.
  • People from outside the central Okanagan are discouraged from non-essential travel to the area for the duration of the outbreak unless they are fully vaccinated (7 days after their second dose).

Local businesses are doing their part to support the ongoing public health response and have public health and safety plans in place and will continue to refine them as needed. We ask that people have patience and be kind when visiting businesses and attractions as staffing levels may not be back to 100%.

 

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Visit Westside and the Westbank Museum, the contractor for the West Kelowna Visitor Centre, are committed to the safety of visitors to our community and the staff members who work at the Visitor Centre. With the increase in Covid-19 cases in the province, it is important to keep up with the orders that have been put in place by the Public Health Officer.

For the latest Provincial Heath orders please visit the Government of British Columbia’s website.

You can find the West Kelowna Visitor Centre & Westbank Museum Covid-19 Safety Plan here.

 

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