As of September 13, people wanting to eat at a sit-down restaurant, visit a gym or have a beer or two at a pub in British Columbia needed to have at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and be able to produce government-issued ID and a B.C. Vaccine Card (BCVC). By October 24, people will need to be fully vaccinated to visit those facilities. In light of reports that residents of Point Roberts have been turned away from eating establishments for lack of a BCVC, what to do?
As it turns out, the B.C. government anticipated how the new policy would affect visitors from out-of-province or foreign countries and made allowance for same. Out-of-province visitors must show their provincial vaccine record along with valid government photo ID. International visitors must show proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada and a passport. While Point Roberts residents don’t typically show their passport while entering at the Boundary Bay crossing nor are they required to show vaccination status, it would be a good idea to carry both if you want to enter a restricted business.
Indoor concerts with more than 50 people, licensed restaurants and cafes that offer table service (indoor and patio dining), pubs, bars and lounges, gyms, exercise/dance facilities, indoor organized events with 50 or more people (wedding, funerals, organized parties etc.), spectators at indoor youth sporting events with 50+ people.
What is not included:
Grocery stores, liquor stores or pharmacies, unlicensed restaurants that don’t offer table service, public transportation, salons, hairdressers and barbers, banks, retail clothing stores and more.
For a complete list of Whos and Wheres and Whats, go to the B.C. Vaccine Card webpage at bit.ly/3EnZqV4. For the near future, it might also be a good idea to call ahead to the establishment to be sure they are aware that international visitors are still allowed into restaurants as long as they are vaccinated.