Businesses encouraged to take advantage of COVID-19 resources and signage available from the RMOW
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is reminding businesses, residents and visitors that new regulations from the Province of British Columbia allow fines of up to $2,000 for violating B.C.’s public health orders.
Owners, organizers, promoters and venues contravening the provincial health officer’s (PHO) order on gatherings and events or vacation rental owners who allow more than five guests could face the $2,000 fine. Individuals who refuse to follow safety measures in businesses or are abusive towards staff at a business trying to enforce those measures can face a $200 fine. A gathering does not need to be above 50 people for a fine to be issued.
The RMOW has implemented a number of COVID-19 safety measures throughout the resort, including hand sanitation stations, divided pedestrian walkways along the Village Stroll, and signage that asks everyone to wear masks whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained both indoors and outdoors.
The RMOW and its partners Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Chamber of Commerce have been working with Whistler businesses on the importance of having a Safety Plan in place, displaying their maximum occupancy, installing Plexiglass barriers between staff and customers, clearly marking out physical distancing on their premises and in outdoor lineups, encouraging mask-wearing of staff and customers and having staff model physical distancing and mask-wearing.
To assist businesses with implementing COVID-19 safety measures, the RMOW has occupancy posters, supplies of masks, physical distancing floor stickers for indoors and outdoors, “Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19” awareness posters and business toolkit available at www.whistler.ca/saferestart
Businesses with adequate COVID-19 safety measures in place can receive a “We are helping prevent the spread of COVID-19” window sticker to display for customers. The sticker has a QR code that links to Tourism Whistler’s Doors Open Directory where consumers can learn more about how businesses in Whistler have modified their operations in response to COVID-19. Businesses can find information about the sticker program at whistler.ca/SafeRestart or by contacting email@example.com
“Businesses, visitors and residents must be vigilant when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “Safety has to be our highest priority. We’re encouraging Whistler businesses to have their safety measures very visible and consistent throughout the Village. Visible safety measures are not only critical to our health and economy but they build confidence that Whistler is taking the threat of COVID-19 very seriously and working hard to ensure everyone’s safety.”
Visitors arriving in Whistler are also reminded that COVID-19 is not on vacation, even if they are. The RMOW is asking everyone who chooses to spend time in Whistler to be vigilant in following measures that help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The RMOW asks everyone to wear a mask when visiting the Village and all Whistler businesses and follow physical distancing guidelines, practice frequent handwashing and stay home if they have any symptoms of illness.
Anyone who is concerned they may have COVID-19 symptoms can get tested in Whistler. Start by accessing the Province’s Self-Assessment Tool at https://bc.thrive.health/. The tool will provide information on testing locations and how to access them.
More information about how Whistler has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic is available at whistler.ca/covid19