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Ways to Explore Safely in Kelowna

The vast outdoors, variety of restaurants, numerous wineries, and plenty of attractions means that there are a lot of ways to have fun when visiting Kelowna.

Now, businesses have had to adapt their protocols to ensure the safety of their staff and customers is a top priority during COVID-19. While you’re planning your visit, keep these things in mind to help keep everyone safe.

Be smart, safe, and respectful when travelling within B.C., and remember, if you are feeling sick, stay home. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate immediately and contact 8-1-1 for guidance and testing. View British Columbia's guidelines on travel here. Those travelling from other provinces should also consult with their local health officials for guidance on travel.

Do Your Research and Plan Ahead

Many businesses in Kelowna are back to business but in a different way. For example, operating hours may be reduced, capacity limited or safety protocols may require you wear a mask. Ensure that you visit the website, social media channels, and/or call the businesses you hope to visit to plan ahead and reserve if necessary.

In the case of accommodations or other reservations, be sure to fully understand refund or cancellation policies at each business in the event you have to change your plans.

Travel in Small Groups

Big family gatherings will have to be put on hold this year. Travel with small groups so it’s easy to ensure you can physically distance when you’re exploring the restaurants, trails, attractions, and wineries this summer. Remember, groups larger than six will have to be split into separate groups at wineries, restaurants, breweries, etc.

Come Prepared

To ensure you and those around you are always safe, bring the necessities with you from home. A safety kit that includes, soap, hand sanitizer, a mask, gloves, and toilet paper is never a bad idea.

Mind Your Distance 

Physical distancing is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself and those you’re visiting safe. Keep your small group 2 metres (6 feet) away from others as much as possible while out exploring. If you’re unable to physically distance, consider wearing a mask. 

Use Proper Hand Hygiene

Remember to limit touching your face and to wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds often. When you're unable to use soap and water, use hand sanitizer, which is often provided by businesses upon entrance. 

Be Prepared for the Outdoors

Visiting parks in and around Kelowna is a great way to get out into nature. Always remember to practice Leave No Trace principles to ensure our wild spaces are safe and clean for the next visitor. Always check with BC Wildfire Service for updates on fire bans and safety tips, and be AdventureSmart.

Be Kind. Be Calm. Be Safe.

As Dr. Bonnie Henry always reminds us, we’re in this together. Some activities and establishments now have limited capacity, which means longer wait times or, possibly, not being able to visit a business you had hoped to. As well, all staff and other customers are getting used to new safety protocols to ensure we all stay safe; businesses must adhere to these protocols to remain in operation. Take care and be patient with everyone you come in contact with.

Support Local Businesses

Kelowna businesses are excited to welcome customers back, safely, and your support is more important now than ever. For a list of businesses that are open in the area, click here.

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