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Ways to Explore Safely & Responsibly in Kelowna

Regional Public Health Measures

As of August 20, additional regional restrictions have been put in place by Interior Health to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Please view all of the measures on our COVID-19 Information page


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

When travelling within B.C., please remember 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. 

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

Do Your Research and Plan Ahead

Many businesses in Kelowna continue to operate 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 addition, staffing levels may not be back to 100% yet, so booking in advance and being patient will ensure you are able to experience as much as possible while in Kelowna.

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.

Be Smart Outdoors

Visiting parks in and around Kelowna is a great way to get out into nature and visit with others. Always remember to practice Leave No Trace principles to ensure our wild spaces are safe and clean for the next visitor and be AdventureSmart when exploring outdoors.

Be fire smart by adhering to all fire bans, do not set off fireworks (it is illegal in Kelowna), don't toss cigarette butts, and be cautious about any activities that can create a spark or heat source sufficient enough to ignite a fire.

When on the water take the proper boating and lake safety measures so everyone can have fun.

Respect Personal Space & Maintain Proper Hygiene

Physical distancing and washing your hands or using hand sanitizer is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself and those around you safe and comfortable. Continue to stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from others when you are able. It is currently mandatory to wear a mask in public indoor spaces to protect yourself and those around you. 

Consider Other People's Situation

We’re in this together and being respectful is very important. Some activities and establishments may 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. Take care and be patient with everyone you come in contact with as comfort levels vary.

Follow the Golden Rules

The province of BC has outlined the following Golden Rules for Everybody

  • Get vaccinated
  • Follow guidelines
  • Stay home if sick
  • Check before you travel
  • Respect personal space
  • It's always safer outdoors
  • Consider other people's situations
  • Clean your hands

As an added safety measure, it is a good idea to bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you for situations where you are unable to wash your hands. 

 

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