COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
This page will carry updates from official sources relating to travel and tourism in Kelowna and the Central Okanagan. Additional links are listed below to other sources of information, which are also being updated frequently.
Province-Wide Health Mandates
There is currently a Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Order in place which requires individuals (aged 12 and up) to wear masks in indoor public spaces.
Proof of Vaccination
Starting September 13, 2021, as outlined on the Government of BC website, proof of vaccination requirement (must be at least partially vaccinated with 1 dose) will apply to the following businesses, services, and events:
- Indoor ticketed sporting events
- Indoor concerts, theatre, dance, and symphony events
- 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 group exercise
- Indoor adult group and team sports for people 22 years old or older
- Indoor organized events with 50 or more people (e.g. wedding receptions, organized parties, conferences and workshops)
- Indoor organized group recreational classes and activities with more than 50 people (e.g. pottery, art, and choir)
- Post-secondary on-campus student housing
- Spectators at indoor youth sporting events with more than 50 people
Travellers to BC will also be required to show proof of vaccination:
- Canadian visitors will need to show their provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record and valid government photo ID.
- International visitors will need to show the proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada (such as ArriveCAN) and their passport.
The proof of vaccination requirement, which has been implemented through Provincial Health Officer Orders, will apply to both BC residents and visitors to the province who are 12 years of age or older. By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated to access some events, services, and businesses. For more information about proof of vaccination and the BC Vaccine Card, please visit the Government of BC website.
Updated: September 14, 2021
Regional restrictions are currently in place until further notice to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the Interior Health Region. These include:
- Capacity limits for gatherings:
- Personal gatherings:
- Up to 50 people outside for events such as backyard BBQs, birthday parties, etc.
- Up to 5 guests or one other household for indoor gatherings.
- Organized gatherings that require two doses:
- Indoor organized events can have a capacity of 50 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity (whichever is greater).
- Outdoor organized events can have a capacity of 5,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity (whichever is greater).
- Limiting the number of people in vacation accommodations to the occupants plus up to 5 additional people (or one household).
- High-intensity group exercise is now permitted, provided all participants and instructors are fully vaccinated with two doses.
At this time, non-essential travel to or from the Interior remains discouraged until individuals are fully vaccinated. We are asking residents and visitors to adhere to public health measures in place in our province, in our community, and at individual businesses, to get vaccinated if they are able, and to make safe, smart, and responsible decisions.
More information on these regional restrictions can be found on Interior Health's website.