- Where to go for the most accurate information on COVID-19 and the coronavirus.
The Provincial Health Officer and Minister of Health have directed stronger containment measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- There is currently a state of emergency in BC and Schools K-12 are closed indefinitely and the border between the US and Canada is closed to all but essential services and citizens returning to their home countries.
- March 20 – Playgrounds are closed / Table service in restaurants closed (takeout only).
- All Cities in Metro Vancouver from Vancouver to Surrey have closed recreation centres, ice arenas, culture facilities, pools and libraries until further notice. City-run spring break camps and classes are cancelled. Please refer to the links below for specific details on City protocols for your region.
- Events organized by the Lower Mainland cities (from Vancouver to Surrey) that host more than 50 people will be cancelled until further notice.
- Do not to travel outside of Canada
- Self-isolate for 14 days upon returning home from outside Canada
Coronavirus Information Sources
Stick to official sources on the coronavirus for information on COVID-19 symptoms, transmission, self-monitoring, self-isolation, and prevention.
- World Health Organization – WHO
- Government of Canada – Public Health Services
- BC Centre for Disease Control – Coronavirus Information
- Fraser Health website – FAQs for Residents
- HealthLinkBC – Coronavirus
- Vancouver Coastal Health
Links to Metro Vancouver City COVID-19 Webpages
- City of Vancouver
- City of Burnaby
- City of Richmond
- City of Surrey
- City of Coquitlam
- City of Port Moody
- City of Port Coquitlam
- City of North Vancouver
- City of West Vancouver
- City of Abbotsford
How to Protect Yourself
Follow the same procedures you would during cold and flu season:
- Stay home if you’re sick, and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
- Wash hands regularly with soap and water. This is the single most effective way of reducing infection spread.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a sleeve/tissue and turn your head away from others when coughing or sneezing.
- Keep common surface areas like doorknobs, light switches and keyboards, clean and disinfected.
- Use social distancing measures: Canada’s public health agency’s guide for provincial and local health authorities defines social distancing as steps to “minimize close contact” with people in the community, such as “quarantine or self-isolation at the individual level” along with broader steps such as avoiding crowds.
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).