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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.

In response to COVID-19, local businesses have adapted their protocols to ensure the health and safety of their customers and staff. These businesses are excited to welcome customers back, safely, and your support is more important than ever. For a list of businesses that are open in the area, click here.

When travelling within B.C., visitors are reminded to be smart, safe, and respectful; 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. Those travelling from other provinces should also consult with their local health officials for guidance on travel. View B.C.'s guidelines on travel here.

While you’re planning your visit, and while exploring Kelowna and area, keep these things in mind to 'play safe and stay safe' this summer and beyond:

Do Your Research and Plan Ahead

Many businesses in Kelowna are back to business with additional health and safety measures in place. 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.

Mind Your Distance 

Physical distancing is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself and those around you safe. Stay 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. 

Smaller is Better

Big family gatherings will have to be put on hold this year. Travel in small groups so it’s easy to ensure you can physically distance while you're out exploring Kelowna. Remember, groups larger than six will have to be split into separate groups at wineries, restaurants, breweries, etc. Keep your social bubble small, gather outside when possible, and have a designated contact keeper when necessary. 

Maintain Proper Hygiene

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

Come Prepared

Travelling with a safety kit that includes, soap, hand sanitizer, a mask, gloves, and toilet paper is never a bad idea.

Bigger Spaces, Fewer Faces

Visiting parks in and around Kelowna is a great way to get out into nature and put Dr. Bonnie Henry's advice of "bigger spaces, fewer faces" into practice. 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.

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