Great news! Today, Premier Horgan and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Henry confirmed BC will officially start Stage 3 of the Restart Plan on Thursday, July 1.
The transition into Step 3 of the four-step restart plan aligns with key metrics for moving forward. More than 78% of adults are vaccinated with their first dose, exceeding the target Step 3 minimum threshold of 70%. The other metrics for moving through the stages – COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations – continue to steadily decline.
Moving from Step 2 to Step 3 on July 1 includes:
  • Provincial state of emergency will be removed
  • Masks are recommended, not required, in public indoor settings
  • Return to usual for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings
  • Increased capacity at both indoor and outdoor organized gatherings when following communicable disease prevention guidance
  • Maximum capacity for indoor organized gatherings of 50 people or up to 50% of a venue’s total capacity (whichever is greater)
  • Maximum capacity for outdoor organized gatherings of 5000 people or up to 50% of a venue’s total capacity (whichever is greater)
  • No capacity limits on fairs, festivals, or trade shows when following communicable disease prevention guidance
  • Canada-wide recreational travel
  • No group limit for indoor and outdoor dining, but socializing between tables remains prohibited

On June 15, 2021, British Columbia is moving to Step 2 of its Restart Plan, allowing BC residents to travel throughout the province. In Step 1, among other restrictions, residents were restricted to travel within one of three health regions in BC, Now, as our brighter future takes hold, we can enjoy larger outdoor gatherings with family and friends, and more. Safety and health protocols such as mask wearing and physical distancing remain in place and mandatory during Step 2.

Travel restrictions in BC have been relaxed to now include travel within each of our three regions: the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, Northern/Interior, and Vancouver Island. People from outside the Vancouver Island region can’t yet visit the Island, but we have our fingers crossed for Dr. Henry’s announcement on June 15. So, if you live on the Island, come visit us!

Today, BC announced under the Emergency Program Act an order restricting non-essential travel between certain regions of the province effective from April 23, 2021 until May 25, 2021.  Thus, until May 25, 2021, Alert Bay Lodge can only accept reservations from people that live in the Vancouver Island Heath Authority region (VIHI) travelling for essential purposes. We are renting two of our four rooms only, one in the east wing and one in the west wing.

Non-essential travel includes:

  • Vacations, weekend getaways and tourism activities
  • Visiting family or friends for social reasons
  • Recreation activities

Essential travel includes:

  • Returning to your principal residence, moving or helping someone move
  • Work, both paid and unpaid (volunteer)
  • Commercial transportation of goods
  • Getting health care or social services or helping someone get those services
  • Court appearance, complying with a court order or parole check-in
  • Shared custody agreement
  • Child care services
  • Attending school at a post-secondary institution
  • Responding to a critical incident, like search and rescue operations
  • Providing care to a person because of a psychological, behavioural or health condition, or a physical, cognitive or mental impairment
  • Providing care or assistance to a person who is seriously ill, disabled or has a physical or cognitive impairment
  • Visiting a resident (as an essential visitor) at:
    • A community care facility licensed under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act that provides long term care within the meaning of section 2 of the Residential Care Regulation
    • A private hospital licensed under the Hospital Act
    • A non-profit institution that has been designated as a hospital under the Hospital Act and is operated primarily for the reception and treatment of persons requiring extended care at a higher level than that generally provided in a private hospital licensed under the Hospital Act
  • Attending a funeral


Considering Booking with Alert Bay Lodge?
How do you distinguish “essential travel” as opposed to “leisure travel”?
We ask all guests to ensure that they are abiding by British Columbia’s current COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. Find them here.
Alert Bay Lodge reminds guests that travel should be for essential purposes only. Essential travel within B.C. includes:
– Regular travel for work within your region
– Travel for things like medical appointments and hospital visits

At this time, all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions or the province.
For example:
– Do not travel for a vacation
– Do not travel to visit friends or family outside of your household or core bubble

At this time, we will not be accepting any new out of province reservations from now until after May 24, 2021. Further updates will be provided as received by our Provincial Government.
In accordance with this order, we are currently accepting reservations for guests that live or work on the North Island and for those on essential travel.

We understand the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) brings uncertainty to your travel plans. With this mind, we wish to reassure you that Alert Bay Lodge has taken steps to provide for your comfort, safety and health during your stay.

In this environment, physical distancing is a key feature to maintaining good health. One of the unique features of the Lodge is its size: 3000 sq. ft. shared by four suites. The Great Room alone is 1400 sq. ft. with several nooks by the fire, the TV, and library. In addition to the large personal space this feature provides, we schedule breakfast sittings for up to two suites at our two separate dining tables.

While breakfast is included in your stay, guests may decide not to eat in local restaurants. We kindly ask you to order dinner when you book your room. Sittings for both breakfast and dinner are scheduled one hour apart.

Hand sanitizing soap is available in each room as touchless applicators in the lobby and Great Room. And, of course, we scrupulously clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

BC’s province-wide restrictions are updated on a regular basis and global information can be found in this link to the World Health Organization.

Stay safe!

Scott and Nina Bonner