BC RESTART PLAN
On May 6, 2020 the Provincial Government announced the BC Restart Plan. This plan is comprised of four phases which provide next steps to move BC through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Province announced on June 24, 2020 that we are now in Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan which permits domestic travel to Ucluelet. Accommodation providers are open and are required to have safety plans in place. The District asks that all visitors respect the safety measures recommended by their accommodation provider and the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer. We also ask that you respect the concerns and territories of our Nuu-chah-nulth neighbours, the Ucluelet First Nation and Toquaht Nation. For more information about what local businesses are doing to protect visitors and what visitors can do to protect residents please review the Travelling to Ucluelet During the COVID-19 Toolkit.
UCLUELET COVID-19 RECOVERY PLAN
The District of Ucluelet continues to monitor information from our provincial and federal agencies pertaining to COVID-19. A timeline for businesses opening in Ucluelet depends on direction provided by Provincial and local health authorities. On May 12, 2020, Ucluelet Council endorsed the establishment of a Ucluelet COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide our community with a path forward for reopening and to summarize economic, social, and municipal actions that are planned or underway. The latest version of the Plan can be found here: Ucluelet COVID-19 Response Plan.
The District is committed to taking important steps in reducing the spread of COVID-19. As part of the collective effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, municipal staff who can work from home have been directed to do so. This is part of an overall public health strategy to help safeguard the health of others, particularly the most vulnerable in our communities, by reducing the number of our employees in the workplace where possible while still maintaining operations.Information regarding municipal programs and services, as well as provincial health messages will be shared via facebook, Ukeemail and our website.
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Together, we are facing a serious public health crisis. We need to listen and act on the direction of public health authorities about how to lessen the spread and flatten the curve of COVID-19. All of us are now familiar with the advisory messages being shared daily. These must be taken very seriously. Simply put, by doing your part, you will help save lives. Read more…
Updates & Media Releases
Last Updated: Thursday, September 3, 2020 @1:00pm
Show Your Love for the West Coast - Joint Media Release
For Immediate Release September 3, 2020
Tofino and Ucluelet Launch “Show Your Love” Campaign for Safe, Respectful Travel
Visitors Asked to Show Care and Respect for Host Communities
UCLUELET AND TOFINO, B.C. – Visitors to Ucluelet and Tofino will soon be greeted with new signage at the Ucluelet Highway 4 junction and the Tofino Visitor Centre prompting them to “Show Your Love for the West Coast”.
At a time when tourism to the West Coast would normally start to slow down, the streets and beaches of Tofino and Ucluelet remain busy. As guests continue to travel to the West Coast looking for wide open spaces on our beaches and trails, our communities are reminding visitors to stay vigilant in observing public health orders and respecting the region’s residents and environment.
The “Show Your Love” campaign is a collaborative effort to send a message that the COVID-19 pandemic knows no boundaries and doesn’t go on vacation, even in Canada’s premier beach destinations. To protect the Coast’s small communities, visitors are required to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols including regular hand sanitizing, physical distancing and wearing masks when physical distancing is not possible, including in stores and attractions. Masks are now mandatory in many West Coast businesses, including both Co-op grocery stores.
Tofino and Ucluelet have been much busier than anticipated this summer, and all visitors are asked to plan ahead before making a trip to the coast. Reservations for all accommodation types, including camping, are required prior to arrival until at least the end of October. RV’s, trailers, vans and tents are not permitted to stay overnight in areas that are not designated and authorized campgrounds – this includes parking lots, beaches and residential streets.
Since the beginning of Phase 3 of the Province’s Restart Plan, businesses in the region re-opened their doors with strict sanitation, hygiene and physical distancing protocols in place so that visitors, staff, residents and First Nations communities can be confident that safety remains the top priority. Booking with local accommodation providers early and accessing local tourism authority websites is one more way that visitors can ensure they have a place to stay and the information they need before arriving on the coast.
“It means a great deal to us when people show their respect for our residents and environment, and we want to encourage that kind of message however we can”, remarked Mayco Noël, Mayor of Ucluelet.
“There are so many actions visitors can take to show their love for the West Coast. Wearing a mask where required demonstrates respect for everyone’s health. Minimizing waste and responsibly disposing of garbage expresses appreciation of the natural environment and of frontline workers. Waiting patiently and politely in line-ups shows gratitude for hard-working tourism workers. We’re all in this together”, said Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne.
For travel information, contact:
- (T) 1-250-726-4600
- (W) discoverucluelet.com
- (T) 1-888-720-3414
- (W) tourismtofino.com
District of Tofino
Josie Osborne, Mayor
District of Ucluelet
Mayco Noël, Mayor
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Thank you Ucluetians. Stay strong, be safe and be kind.
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What you can do
- Stay informed and follow the advice of your personal health care provider and governing bodies such as Public Health Agency of Canada regarding COVID-19.
- BC Ministry of Health has established BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool to help you better understand if you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.
- Exercise protective measures like regular, proper hand washing and staying home if you can. This is important to personal health and helps safeguard the health of others, particularly the most vulnerable in our communities. For more information on practicing good hygiene visit the BC Centre for Disease Control (COVID-19)
- Practice social distancing. This means staying at least two metres apart from one another and avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings. Greet one another with a wave instead of a handshake or hug.
- Residents are encouraged to have two weeks of supplies ready in the event that they have to self-isolate
- Shop locally, and get your shopping done all at once, preferably once a week to minimize your visits to the grocery store and pharmacy.
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