Covid-19 Safety Plan (updated April 25, 2021)

January 7, 2021

Our visitors’ safety and well-being is our highest priority on Granville Island.

MASKS ARE MANDATORY IN THE PUBLIC MARKET and in all indoor spaces on Granville Island.

Granville Island recommends masks are also worn outside, and at all times, unless eating or drinking in an outdoor seating area.

Effective March 30 through May 25, 2021, by order of the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, Province of BC, all indoor dining is temporarily restricted.

Takeout and outdoor seating remains available, please feel free to take your food to our outdoor seating or enjoy patio dining at one of the many restaurants on Granville Island.

Additional current restrictions implemented November 7, 2020, extended through May 25, 2021

Travel outside of your health region should be limited to essential travel only. Vancouver Coastal Health and the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, Government of BC, has asked BC residents to postpone recreational and social travel, or visiting friends or family outside of your health region. This of course includes Granville Island, which is in the Vancouver Coastal Health Region. With the exception of the Public Market, considered essential food shopping, visitors to Granville Island should live in the Vancouver Coastal Region. Those who do may socialize, walk and/or dine up to a maximum of 6 persons in total with those in your immediate family, household, or if you live alone, up to 2 members of your close, core bubble. Altough ours parks and green spaces can be used for groups of up to 10 cohorts, the Office of the Provincial Health Officer is not recommending it at this time. 

For those from the Vancouver Coastal Health Region, long walks on Granville Island's almost 40 acres of outdoor space is encouraged!

Update on gatherings and events https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-gatherings-events.pdf

Capacity in the Public Market has been reduced from 1000 visitors at any one time, to 200 shoppers. Merchants in the Public Market are utilizing social distancing measures and capacity at their individual locations, as well as sanitizing and masks. In the case of Oyama Sausage and Lee’s Donuts, two of our most popular merchants, this means line-ups must remain outside.

Designated exit and entrance locations are clearly marked with signage in the Public Market, and capacity numbers are monitored every 15 minutes. In the event of capacity being reached, a lineup, or lineups, for the Public Market will be implemented by our Public Market Coordinators and security staff. This often happens on a weekend, during fine weather.  All 18 exits continue to remain fire exits.

Masks are mandatory in all indoor spaces. The Chief Medical Officer has recommended 3-layer non-medical masks as an added layer of protection, along with frequent handwashing, social distancing and visiting only within your core bubble. Please utilize our many sanitizing stations for hands and touchpoints, and of course, continue to maintain a safe, 2 metre (6 feet/2 adult arm’s length) distance from anyone in the Public Market and across Granville Island.

The Public Market merchants ask that you support them and their safety by please shopping in limited numbers for groceries to comply with our social distancing needs in the Public Market.  If using your own shopping bags, please do not put them down on the counter, merchants will pass your goods to you.

At this time, tours, groups and gatherings are not permitted on Granville Island.

All use of public space for private events is currently prohibited. All future use of public space must be approved and authorized here https://granvilleisland.com/outdoor-venue-booking

In line with direction from global health authorities, we are taking precautionary measures to help stop the spread of virus, including increased levels of cleaning and disinfection in all common areas, limiting capacity, monitoring for gatherings, and continual monitoring of reputable government sources for the most up-to-date information and escalation requirements. Masks are mandatory for all CMHC-Granville Island staff, merchants and visitors.  

COVID-19 is being effectively monitored and treated in British Columbia. Vancouver Coastal Health, Provincial Health, and the Public Health Agency of Canada is actively monitoring the situation and working with the World Health Organization and other international partners. We strongly encourage our local and Canada wide visitors to check the latest available information before travelling to any public place.

Here are some helpful resources:

If you or someone you know is experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms, call the provincial health information hotline at 8-1-1, or contact the B.C Centre for Disease Control at 1-833-784-4397.

You can also conduct an initial self-diagnosis at the provincial government’s HealthLinkBC page: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/hwsxchk

 

More information

Health Link BC:  https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/

Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/vancouver-coastal-health-statement-on-coronavirus

Government of Canada virus update: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Measures underway at YVR (Vancouver International Airport): https://www.yvr.ca/en/coronavirus/screening-measures

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Statement on COVID-19: https://cruising.org/news-and-research/press-room/2020/february/clia-statement-on-2019-novel-coronavirus-outbreak

Joint UNWTO & WHO statement on tourism and COVID-19: https://www.unwto.org/news/unwto-who-a-joint-statement-on-tourism-and-covid-19

Destination BC website: https://www.destinationbc.ca/news/coronavirus-update/

B.C. Centre for Disease Control virus update: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)

World Health Organization virus update: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/