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For general information about COVID-19, visit:

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Get protected from COVID-19 with a vaccination. Visit the Province's website to book your appointment and learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations.

The provincial Get Vaccinated website is available in multiple languages:

Fraser Health also has translated resources.


A COVID-19 test is recommended when a positive or negative result will inform decisions about treatment or care. Learn more about testing.

Health resources

Find more health resources from Fraser Health.

Mental health

See resources for anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges

Resources for seniors

Find resources for fitness, mental health, emergency preparation, and personal development.


Past news

March 2023

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recently issued guidance on additional booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine. B.C. will be adopting this guidance; people at high risk of severe illness including individuals older than 80, all seniors in long-term care homes, Indigenous people older than 70 and people 18 and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised can get a spring booster. In addition to high-risk individuals, people 60 and older, or Indigenous people 50 and older, who have not previously contracted COVID-19, can also consider receiving a spring booster dose.

Read the full provincial media release.

November 2022

Public-health officials are asking all British Columbians to get their influenza and COVID-19 immunizations as soon as possible, as rates of respiratory illnesses are on the rise throughout the province.

Vaccinations remain the best defence against COVID-19 and influenza. Everyone older than six months can get both immunizations for free. People can book their shots through the provincial Get Vaccinated system.

Read the full provincial media release.

July 2022

July 14, 2022

The Government of BC is encouraging parents to register children under 5 for a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Regional health authorities will start offering this vaccine at clinics throughout the province on Aug. 2, 2022.

Register your children through the provincial Get Vaccinated system now. Once registration is complete, parents or guardians will be invited to book a vaccination at a clinic in their community when the immunization program starts in August. For children who are not yet six months of age, parents or guardians should still register their child and can expect an invitation once the child reaches six months of age.

Read the full provincial media release.

March 2022

Starting March 11, 2022 at 12:01 am, because of B.C.'s lowered hospitalization and transmission rates, these activities can return to normal:

  • Masks no longer required in public indoor settings under a public health order
    • Masks are encouraged on public transit and BC Ferries, but not required
    • Individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue requiring masks on their premises
    • Masks are still required for federally regulated travel, like air travel
  • No restrictions on worship service capacity
  • Overnight camps for children and youth allowed

Starting March 18, 2022 at 12:01 am, there are no visitor limits at long-term care and seniors' assisted living facilities.

When K to 12 schools return from spring break, masks will no longer be required for students, staff and visitors. 

On April 8, 2022 at 12:01 am, further restrictions will be lifted:

  • Proof of vaccination will no longer be required to access businesses, events and services
  • Businesses will no longer need a COVID-19 safety plan. They must follow communicable disease guidance from WorkSafeBC
  • Proof of vaccination will no longer be required for post-secondary student housing

View the full list of upcoming changes to restrictions or read the full media release.

January 2022

January 18, 2022

Weight rooms will reopen for individual use starting January 20, 2022. Fitness classes and gymnasium sports will restart January 24, 2022. Proof of vaccination and registration is required for all activities.

February 2022

February 15, 2022

Starting February 16 at 11:59pm, many restrictions will be eased. Restrictions that are changing include:

  • Full capacity allowed for:
    • Exercise and fitness, adult sports activities, tournaments and swimming pools
    • Indoor and outdoor organized events
    • Indoor events at venues
  • No restrictions on indoor and outdoor personal gatherings

View the full list of updated restrictions.

December 2021

December 21, 2021

To comply with the Provincial Health Order issued on December 21, effective December 22 at midnight, and continuing through January 18: 

  • All gymnasiums, weight rooms, fitness classes and aquafit classes are suspended.

  • Indoor gatherings for rentals of any size (i.e weddings, parties, events) are cancelled. 

  • Spectators are reduced to 50% capacity. 

  • Indoor pool capacity reduced to 200 people max. 

  • Proof of vaccination will be required for pool activities.

  • Passive seniors’ programs will run at 50% capacity. 

  • All sports tournaments, food services suspended. 

December 17, 2021

Province Introduces New COVID-19 Measures for Safer Holiday Season

To address rising COVID-19 case counts and keep people safe, the provincial health officer is issuing revised orders which take effect on Monday, December 20, 2021.

Measures will extend to January 31, 2022, at 11:59 pm. 

Read the full release for details of the order.

November 2021

November 22, 2021

Expanded Proof of Vaccination Options

City of Surrey civic facilities will accept the following as proof of vaccination in addition to government issued photo ID: 

Read More

November 10, 2021

New Vaccination Requirements for City of Surrey Council, Staff, Volunteers and Contractors

Effective January 4, 2022, all City of Surrey staff and elected officials must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to the City.

Employees who fail to provide proof of vaccination will be given a further opportunity to do so from January 5 to January 31, 2022. During this period, employees will be able to continue to work so long as they participate in the City’s Rapid Testing Program. 

Read More

October 2021

October 27, 2021

Provincewide booster dose is next step in COVID-19 immunization plan

More people in B.C. will start to receive invitations for a COVID-19 booster shot as the Province continues its COVID-19 immunization plan, prioritizing B.C.’s elderly and most at-risk through to the December holiday.

The plan expands to include all British Columbians 12+ beginning in January 2022.

Read the full release.

October 24, 2021

Reminder: Bring Your BC Vaccine Card to Access Certain Settings

Starting October 24, 2021, patrons 12 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated with two doses. Only the BC Vaccine card and government issued photo ID will be accepted as proof. Learn more

October 12, 2021

Mask Mandate Updates

As per the latest provincial announcement, masks are now mandatory in all indoor public spaces for people age 5+ to reduce COVID-19 transmission and to prepare for respiratory illness season. The BC-wide indoor mask mandate applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Learn more

September 2021

September 27, 2021

Reminder: Bring Your BC Vaccine Card to Access Certain Settings

Starting Monday, September 27, 2021, the BC Vaccine Card will be the only acceptable proof of vaccination for British Columbians to enjoy certain businesses and recreational events safely.

The transition period, which allowed people to present their paper record of immunization received at the time of their vaccination appointment, ended on September 26.

Read the full provincial release

September 13, 2021

Proof of Vaccination Requirements

Starting Monday, September 13, 2021, some visitors arriving at City of Surrey recreation facilities to participate in select programs or organized meetings at City Hall will be required to prove that they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 with at least one dose. Review more information on the City's proof of vaccination requirements.

September 7, 2021

Vaccine card enhances confidence, increases safety at B.C. events

The Province is launching the BC Vaccine Card, a digital or printed document that shows the stage cardholders are at in their COVID-19 vaccine progress. 

As of September 13, 2021, one dose of vaccine will be required for entry to higher-risk social and recreational events and settings. By October 24, 2021, entry to these settings will require people to be fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Following is the complete list of settings where proof of vaccination will be required:

  • indoor ticketed sporting events
  • indoor concerts, theatre, dance and symphony events
  • licensed restaurants, and those offering table service (indoor and outdoor dining)
  • pubs, bars and lounges (indoor and outdoor dining)
  • night clubs, casinos, movie theatres
  • fitness centres/gyms/adult sports (indoor)
  • indoor group exercise activities
  • organized indoor events with 50 or more people (e.g., wedding receptions, organized parties, conferences, workshops)
  • discretionary organized indoor group recreational classes and activities

People can get their BC Vaccine Card online at gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.

Read the full provincial media release.

August 2021

August 24, 2021

Mask mandate to reduce transmission, protect people in public spaces

As of Wednesday, August 25, 2021, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout B.C. to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 as B.C. prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season.

A new order from the provincial health officer will require people 12 and older to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. These settings include:

  • malls, shopping centres, coffee shops and retail and grocery stores;
  • liquor and drug stores;
  • airports, city halls, libraries, community and recreation centres;
  • restaurants, pubs and bars (unless seated);
  • on public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle;
  • areas of office buildings where services to the public are provided;
  • common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity;
  • common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations; and
  • inside schools for all K-12 staff, visitors and students in grades 4-12.

This temporary order will be reassessed as the B.C. vaccine card requirement is fully implemented in certain social and recreational settings, as announced on Aug. 23. 

Read the full media release.

August 23, 2021

B.C. launches proof of vaccination to stop spread of COVID-19

Starting Sept. 13, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required in B.C. for people attending certain social and recreational settings and events. This important step will continue to increase the vaccination rate across the province and provide confidence to fully vaccinated people that those around them are also fully vaccinated.

Read the full release.

July 2021

July 27, 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre today via the Fraser Health walk-in clinic. Get your 1st or 2nd shot today. No appointment needed.

Meet BC Lions alumni Sean Millington and hang out with Leo the Lion from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Food trucks and DJ also onsite arranged by City of Surrey. Learn more

July 18, 2021

Mask wearing is recommended in indoor public spaces for all people 12+ years who are not fully vaccinated. 

At Surrey Libraries, masks are recommended if you haven't been fully vaccinated.

July 16, 2021

The City of Surrey will begin a gradual reopening of the Newton Seniors Centre as a pilot program with limited activities including writing, knitting, arts and crafts, walking club, women’s social, woodcarving and fitness starting July 20, 2021.

July 13, 2021

Guildford Aquatic Centre has reopened. Adjustments have been made to ensure for health and safety.

July 5, 2021

Mask use remains mandatory inside recreation facilities until July 18. Masks are not required while working out in weight rooms, fitness classes, and sport programs but must be worn when in transition. 

June 2021

June 29, 2021

B.C. shifts to Step 3 of restart plan

With British Columbians achieving nearly 80% adult Dose 1 vaccine coverage and COVID-19 case counts continuing to decline, the Province is safely moving to Step 3 of its four-step restart plan on July 1, 2021.

Moving from Step 2 to Step 3 includes:  

  • return to normal for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings;
  • 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 5,000 people or up to 50% of a venue’s total capacity, whichever is greater;
  • return to normal for fairs, festivals and trade shows, with communicable disease plans;
  • return to Canada-wide recreational travel;
  • reopening of casinos, with reduced capacity and ~50% of gaming stations permitted to open;
  • reopening of nightclubs, with up to 10 people seated at tables, no socializing between tables and no dancing;
  • return to normal hours for liquor service at restaurants, bars and pubs with table limits to be determined by venue and no socializing between tables;
  • return to normal for sports and exercise facilities, with communicable disease plans; and  
  • mask wearing recommended in indoor public spaces for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. 

Read the full provincial release.

June 14, 2021

B.C. Prepares to Safely Move to Step 2 of its Restart Plan

Beginning on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, British Columbia will take the next step in safely bringing people back together, transitioning into Step 2 of BC's Restart plan, including lifting restrictions on travel within B.C.

Public health safety protocols, such as mask wearing in all indoor public spaces and physical distancing, will remain in place during Step 2. As well, personal indoor gatherings will be limited to five visitors, or one other household.

Moving from Step 1 to Step 2 includes:

  • B.C. recreational travel - non-essential travel ban lifted. Out-of-province non-essential travel advisory continues;
  • maximum of 50 people for outdoor personal gatherings;
  • maximum of 50 people for indoor seated organized gatherings (e.g., movie theatres, live theatre, banquet halls) with safety plans;
  • indoor faith gatherings - a maximum of 50 people, or 10% of a place of worship's total capacity, whichever number is greater - with safety plans;
  • maximum of 50 spectators for outdoor sports;
  • liquor service at restaurants, bars and pubs extended until midnight; and
  • indoor sports games (no spectators) and high-intensity fitness with safety plans.

All other capacity limits and guidelines listed in Step 1 stay in place unless noted in the list above.

The earliest target start date for Step 3 is July 1, and September 7 for Step 4.

Read more about the province's phased Restart Plan.

June 8, 2021

City of Surrey Restarting of Operations

City of Surrey Departments are currently formulating plans for the safe restarting of operations based on the province’s phased Restart Plan.

We appreciate the continued patience of our residents as we work towards restoring operations and look forward to welcoming you back to our facilities soon.

May 2021

May 27, 2021

Upcoming COVID-19 Neighbourhood Vaccine Clinics

Three neighborhood clinics will be held at Newton Recreation Centre (13730 - 72 Avenue) on:

  • Friday, May 28
  • Monday, May 31
  • Tuesday, June 1

Clinics are open from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm or until all vaccines are distributed. Priority is given to Surrey residents receiving their first dose. To avoid long waits for people, Surrey residents arriving each day will receive wristbands from organizers and a same day appointment. 

See details on the Surrey neighbourhood vaccine clinics at Fraser Health

May 25, 2021

B.C. Launches Restart Plan to Safely Bring People Back Together

With more than 60% of adults vaccinated with their first dose and COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations steadily declining, British Columbia is moving forward with the cautious first step of a four-step plan for a careful and safe restart.

Step 1: May 25  

  • 60% of adult population with Dose 1
  • COVID-19 cases stable, hospitalizations stable
    • Maximum of five visitors or one household allowed for indoor personal gatherings
    • Maximum of 10 people for outdoor personal gatherings
    • Maximum of 10 people for seated indoor organized gatherings with safety protocols
    • Maximum of 50 people for seated outdoor organized gatherings with safety protocols
    • Recreational travel only within travel region (travel restrictions extended)
    • Indoor and outdoor dining for up to six people with safety protocols
    • Resume outdoor sports (games) with no spectators, low-intensity fitness with safety protocols
    • Start gradual return to workplaces
    • Provincewide mask mandate, business safety protocols and physical distancing measures remain in place
    • Return of indoor in-person faith-based gatherings (reduced capacity) based on consultation with public health

Read more about the Restart Plan.

Read the full media release.

May 16, 2021

COVID-19 Neighbourhood Vaccine Clinics

The City of Surrey is partnering with the Province of BC and Fraser Health to set up COVID-19 neighbourhood vaccine clinics on the following days:  

  • Monday, May 17:  
    Bear Creek Park, 13750 88 Ave. 
    Hours: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. (or until 1,000 vaccine doses are administered) Registration opens at 7am. 

  • Tuesday, May 18:  
    Bear Creek Park, 13750 88 Ave. 
    Hours: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. (or until 1,000 vaccine doses are administered) Registration opens at 7am. 

  • Saturday, May 22:  
    Surrey Sport and Leisure, 16555 Fraser Highway, #100 
    Hours: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. (or until 1,000 vaccine doses are administered) Registration opens at 7am. 

  • Sunday, May 23: 
    Surrey Sport and Leisure, 16555 Fraser Highway, #100 
    Hours: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. (or until 1,000 vaccine doses are administered) Registration opens at 7am. 

Neighbourhood vaccine clinics will help to reach people in Surrey to attend a community-based clinic. Open to Surrey residents 18 years and older. Bring proof of eligibility with you to confirm your age/address. (eg, Driver’s license or other ID.)  

Shots for 1,000 people will be available each day. While in line, using your phone, register via Get Vaccinated website. If you are already registered, bring your confirmation number with you. Staff and volunteers will help people to register and then provide them with a wristband for a same-day vaccine appointment, pending supply.  

Parking is limited. Residents are encouraged to use alternate forms of transportation.  

See details on the Surrey neighbourhood vaccine clinics at Fraser Health

May 13, 2021

Current Vaccination Eligibility – By Age

The provincial government is currently sending booking invitations to people born in 1991 or earlier (30+).

If you haven't already done so, register today. Registration is open to everyone born in 2003 or earlier (18+).

There are three steps to getting vaccinated:

  • Register
  • Book an appointment when invited to do so
  • Get the vaccine

Current Eligibility – Front line workers

Several employee groups in the Fraser Health region are currently eligible for their first vaccine appointment. Eligible workers are receiving information on how to book through their sectors and employers.  

A dedicated website outlines these invitations and provides further FAQs for these employer groups.

May 6, 2021

Fraser Health expands COVID-19 immunizations to include nine more high-transmission neighbourhoods

As part of the Province’s strategy to provide vaccine to people in high-transmission neighbourhoods, Fraser Health is now immunizing people ages 30 and over (born in 1991 or earlier) in nine additional neighbourhoods in our region where we are seeing high rates of COVID-19 transmission, to protect these individuals and their loved ones. 

Read the full media release.

May 4, 2021

Fraser Health invites all childcare workers, school-based staff, and first responders to book their immunization

Today, Fraser Health has invited all licensed childcare workers, school-based staff, police and RCMP and fire departments in our region who have not yet received their COVID-19 vaccine to book their immunization appointments starting Wednesday, May 5.

Immunizations of these priority groups is expected to be completed over the next 10 days. Read the full media release.

View a list of vaccination clinic locations in Surrey.

For information about eligibility, visit fraserhealth.ca/vaccine.

See the B.C. Centre for Disease Control page for general information about COVID-19 vaccinations.

April 2021

April 29, 2021

Fraser Health, TransLink and BC Transit partner to support vulnerable people in getting their shot

Beginning today, Fraser Health, TransLink and BC Transit are working together to provide transportation to Fraser Health residents in need, so they can safely access COVID-19 immunizations closer to home.

Free shuttles to and from immunization appointments are now available for seniors, vulnerable populations and other people living in the Fraser Health region who face barriers around transportation, and people who need assistance due to a mobility, visual or cognitive impairment.

Read the full media release.

April 23, 2021

Province introduces travel restrictions that limit non-essential travel in B.C.

Between April 23 and May 25, 2021 at midnight, (after the May long weekend). This includes travel for:

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

Non-essential travel is prohibited between the three regional zones:

  • Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley (Fraser Health and Coastal Health regions);
  • Vancouver Island (Island Health region); and
  • Northern/Interior (Interior Health and Northern Health regions).

Find my health authority. Read the full media release.

April 19, 2021

This week, the following age groups are welcome to register through the province's Get Vaccinated registration and booking system:

  • 40+ at noon, Monday, April 19
  • 35+ at noon, Tuesday, April 20
  • 30+ at noon, Wednesday, April 21
  • 25+ at noon, Thursday, April 22
  • 18+ at noon, Friday, April 23

Due to high COVID case counts, the province will vaccinate all adults in Invermere and Enderby. Adults 40 and older in 13 other communities in B.C. will also be prioritized for the AstraZeneca vaccine. They include: Dawson Creek, West Newton, East Newton, Whalley, North Delta, Panorama, South Langley Township, West Abbotsford, North Surrey, Port Coquitlam, Squamish, Kensington and Fleetwood. Read the full media release.

April 12, 2021

This week, the following age groups are welcome to register through the province's Get Vaccinated registration and booking system:

  • 55+ at noon, Monday, April 12
  • 50+ at noon, Wednesday, April 14
  • 45+ at noon, Friday, April 16

April 6, 2021

Provincial 'Get Vaccinated' registration and booking system now open

COVID-19 vaccine registration is open for people who are eligible. There are three steps to getting vaccinated:

  1. Register when it’s your turn
  2. Book an appointment
  3. Get the vaccine
March 2021

March 29, 2021

Stronger Province-wide Restrictions affect Indoor Dining, Group Fitness Classes & Religious and Worship Services

Between March 29 at midnight and April 19, 2021 at midnight the Provincial Health Officer is strengthening province-wide restrictions:

  • The variance allowing indoor religious gatherings and worship services between March 28 and May 13, 2021 is suspended
  • Indoor low intensity group exercise classes are cancelled
  • Restaurants, pubs and bars are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor patio seating and take-out or delivery is allowed
  • Whistler Blackcomb ski resort is closed

Fraser Health Vaccination Booking and Location Information

This week, vaccination appointments are open for seniors 73 and over, and Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) individuals aged 55 years and older and Indigenous Elders. Appointments are required for all clinics.

When you can call is based on your age:

  • I'm born in 1948 or earlier (73+) or I'm a self-identified Indigenous individual and born in 1966 or earlier (55+), or I'm an Indigenous Elder:
    Booking opens on Sunday, March 28 (online 24/7 or by phone at noon)
  • I’m clinically extremely vulnerable and have received an invitation letter signed by Dr. Bonnie Henry
    Booking opens on Monday, March 29 (online 24/7 or by phone at noon).

When you are eligible, book your appointment online at Fraserhealth.ca/vaccinebooking or by phone at 1-855-755-2455.

View a list of vaccination clinic locations. For more information about how to book, timelines and current eligibility, visit fraserhealth.ca/vaccine. See the B.C. Centre for Disease Control for general information about COVID-19 vaccinations.

March 23, 2021

Surrey Recreation Centres to Serve as Mass Immunization Clinics for Fraser Health Authority

Surrey, BC – In support of Fraser Health Authority’sCOVID-19 vaccination rollout, gymnasiums at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre, South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre, and Guildford Recreation Centre will serve as sites for mass immunization clinics.

Read the full media release

March 18, 2021

Front-line workers prioritized as COVID-19 vaccine rollout accelerates

More than 300,000 front-line workers, including first responders, grocery store employees, and teachers and child care workers, will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations over the coming weeks as the Province’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan moves forward ahead of schedule. Read the full provincial media release.

February 2021

Fraser Health implements proactive measures for responding to increasing COVID-19 and COVID-19 variants  

To respond to increasing COVID-19 cases in our region, including variant cases, Fraser Health is implementing enhanced management strategies for case finding and contact management to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 and COVID-19 variants.

Fraser Health is proactively implementing these new, aggressive actions immediately to protect our communities from COVID-19 and COVID-19 variants.

The new actions include:

  • Effective immediately, we have expanded COVID-19 testing recommendations to include all high-risk contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms. In addition, we have expanded use of Point of Care testing for specific clusters or outbreak settings.
  • To prevent further transmission of the virus, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be asked additional questions about their exposures, their close contacts and their ability to self-isolate. In addition, Fraser Health Public Health contact tracing teams will check in more frequently to see how they are feeling and managing their illness.
  • Immediate steps are being taken to streamline screening for variants so we can identify and notify positive cases more quickly.

To help keep our communities safe, we ask people to continue to follow Public Health measures and guidelines.

People who have tested positive can complete a contact tracing form available on the Fraser Health website, which can be completed from their smartphone, tablet or computer. Those who do not have access to the online form will still receive a call from Public Health to obtain the same information needed for Public Health to begin case and contact management.

You can find information about test collection centres by visiting Fraser Health’s website.

To book a COVID-19 testing appointment, complete a COVID-19 test booking form.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit fraserhealth.ca/covid19.

January 2021

Vaccines Being Developed

Several types of vaccines for COVID-19 are being developed and delivered to locations in all health authorities in B.C. Vaccines are being administered first to high-priority populations like seniors and frontline healthcare workers.

The Province anticipates starting vaccination of most other people in B.C. after March of 2021.

See the B.C. Centre for Disease Control for more information about COVID-19 vaccinations.

December 2020

Contact Tracing Form

People who test positive for COVID-19 can now complete an online contact tracing form via Fraser Health on a smartphone, tablet or computer as soon as they receive their positive result.

This new, convenient option will speed up reporting to Public Health and ensure those who are potentially exposed can self-isolate and get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible. This is optional, and anyone without access to the online form will still receive a call from Public Health.  

November 2020

November 19, 2020

New Provincial Public Health Orders in Effect

By order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), all individuals, places of work and businesses in B.C. must significantly reduce their level of social interactions and travel. 

This means no social gatherings of any size with anyone other than your household or core bubble. For example:

  • Do not invite friends or extended family to your household 

  • Do not gather outdoors

  • Do not gather in your backyard

  • Do not have playdates for children

All events and community-based gatherings as defined in the PHO order – Gatherings and Events bulletin are also suspended.

Masks in Public Indoor Settings

As per the province, masks are now required in all indoor public settings and all retail stores. This includes malls, grocery stores, all City of Surrey civic facilities like libraries and recreation centres, and restaurants and bars when not seated at a table. 

Provincial Travel Advisory

At this time, all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of 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

Indoor Group Physical Activities & Sports 

City of Surrey has suspended all indoor fitness classes, aquafit and any other indoor group physical activity until further notice. This is in line with the provincial update outlining the expectation to limit group physical activities.

November 18, 2020

City Council Meetings to Temporarily Return to Virtual Meetings

With the rising number of cases in the second wave of COVID-19, Surrey City Council meetings will be returning to virtual meetings to ensure the safety of the public, staff and Council members.

Read the full media release.

Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society Grants $600,000 for Local COVID-19 Response

The response addresses the emerging needs of people experiencing homelessness, or who are at risk of homelessness in Surrey related to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full media release.

November 10, 2020

Statement from Mayor Doug McCallum - Celebrate Diwali Safely This Year

Like all big celebrations, Diwali is traditionally a time for family and friends to come together to enjoy food and each other’s company. This year, however, celebrations must be approached differently. 

With the recent sharp rise of new COVID-19 cases in Metro Vancouver a new Provincial Health Order was issued this past weekend and it is vital that Diwali celebrations comply with the new order. If we all do our part, we can rein in the spread of the virus and bring the curve back down. That is why it is more important than ever that this year’s celebrations are kept only to your immediate household as mandated by the Provincial Health Order. 

Read the full statement.

November 7, 2020

Group indoor physical activities and sports at City recreational facilities suspended until further notice.

Effective November 7, 2020 at 10 pm a new provincial health officer order has been put in place restricting all indoor group physical activities and sports. This provincewide order applies to Surrey recreation centre activities. 

Read the full media release.

Read the full statement from the province.

November 5, 2020

Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre is scheduled to open with a phased approach

Learn more

November 4, 2020

City of Surrey welcomes $15 Million in Joint Federal and Provincial COVID-19 Relief Funding

Today, the City of Surrey welcomes and is grateful for the nearly $15 million in federal and provincial funding from the COVID-19 Safe Restart Grant for Local Governments.

“The City of Surrey has been working hard to safely navigate through the turbulent waters created by COVID-19,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “The $15 million in funding today helps to stabilize the sound foundation we have built for the city’s fiscal house [and] ensures that Surrey will continue to operate in a position of relative strength despite the challenging circumstances.”

Read the full media release

October 2020

October 29, 2020

Statement from Mayor Doug McCallum: Do Your Part to Fight the Second Wave

As B.C.’s second largest city, it is important that we bear down to fight the second wave of COVID-19. All of us in Surrey must take personal responsibility to bend the curve. That means there is a strong expectation that masks be worn in all indoor public spaces.  Due to the rapid rise of cases in the Fraser Health region, it is imperative that social gatherings at home are limited to the members of your household, and it goes without saying that if you feel sick, stay home.

Read the full statement.

October 29, 2020

City of Surrey Skating Programs Resume in November

Limited offerings of a selection of City of Surrey skating programs will resume this fall providing residents with more recreation options. All programs require advanced reservations and will follow new health protocols in place.

Read the full media release.

October 26, 2020

Province Limits Gatherings in Private Homes

A new provincial health officer order has been put in place, limiting gatherings in private homes to no more than your immediate household, plus six others. This provincewide order applies to all homes for all occasions. Enforcement will be stepped up to ensure people are following this new order.

In addition, there is a stronger expectation that people across B.C. will wear masks in all indoor public spaces. As part of this, businesses are asked to review their COVID-19 safety plans with this in mind. If you are in a high-traffic area or among many people outside of your household while at work, a mask will help to protect you and those around you.

Read the full statement from the province.

October 2, 2020

Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex Indoor Pool Opens October 13

The pool will open with strict health and safety protocols in place

“We know how important pools are to the community for those who rely on them for exercise, aquatic sport and therapeutic reasons, and we are thrilled to be in a position to safely open this pool again,” said Mayor Doug McCallum.

Read the full media release

September 2020

September 24, 2020

Modernization of Permit Process Realizing Dividends During COVID-19

With the safety of residents and staff as the top priority, reconfiguring the permitting process to meet the new demands under COVID-19 has resulted in a more efficient and streamlined process for our patrons.

“The City of Surrey is continually looking on how to innovate and improve our services,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “During this pandemic, we have accelerated the modernization and digitization of our permitting process. The results so far have shown a win-win situation for those applying for permits with faster issuance of permits, enhanced service and improved transparency.”

Read the full media release

September 20, 2020

Province updates measures to enforce COVID-19 public safety

All ticketing measures previously announced on Aug. 21, 2020, to enforce COVID-19 public safety at gatherings and events will remain in effect and will be expanded. Effective immediately, the measures are enacted under the provincial state of emergency, using the extraordinary powers of the Emergency Program Act (EPA) in ongoing support of B.C.’s COVID-19 response and economic recovery plan.

  • The holding of any event in a banquet hall is prohibited.
  • Nightclubs must cease operating as nightclubs.
  • Background music or other background sounds, such as from televisions, must be no louder than the volume of normal conversation.
  • Liquor sales for onsite consumption must cease by 10 p.m.
  • Unless a full meal service is provided, premises must close by 11 p.m. and all patrons must vacate the premises. If a full meal service is provided, premises may stay open, but liquor must not be served until 11 a.m. the following day.
  • Liquor must not be consumed on premises by owners, operators or staff after 11 p.m.
  • Liquor service at private events must cease at 10 p.m.
  • If food or liquor serving premises hold private events, like wedding receptions, the same rules that hotels and other venues must follow apply to these premises. 

Read the full provincial media release

September 19, 2020

Local clubs can now apply for community sport funding

Community-based sports groups facing the risk of closing are encouraged to apply for support from the Province’s $1.5-million Local Sport Relief Fund. 

Read the full provincial release

September 18, 2020

Fraser Health Expands COVID-19 Testing in Surrey

In partnership with the Surrey-North Delta Division of Family Practice, Fraser Health is relocating its Surrey test collection centre to a new location that will triple the testing capacity and better respond to the needs of our community. Located at 14577 66 Avenue, this expanded service in Surrey will be able to conduct as many as 800 tests daily, which is an additional 550 tests a day for people with symptoms that require one. The new centre is now opened.

September 14, 2020

$10M mark surpassed by Surrey Makes PPE manufacturers

Since launching in late April, Surrey Makes PPE program has made significant inroads in producing personal protective equipment (PPE) to help Canadians combat COVID-19. The program’s goal is to ensure that critical PPE is produced, sourced and are readily available to Canadians. In less than six months, Surrey Makes PPE manufacturers has surpassed $10M in sales.

Read the full media release

September 1, 2020

Surrey Reopens Select Recreation and Culture Centres this Fall with New Safety Measures

With a safe and phased approach to the reopening of parks, recreation and culture facilities, the City of Surrey announced today the launch of fall programming at select facilities. With strict health and safety guidelines in place, pre-registered programming will begin on September 8, 2020.


August 2020

August 27, 2020

Museum of Surrey to Re-Open September 9

After a six-month closure, Museum of Surrey is set to reopen to the public and welcome back visitors. Beginning September 9th, the facility will offer free, hour long pre-registered tours. Limiting visitors to 40 at a time and following citywide COVID-19 safety protocols, MOS expects to offer the same experience with new norm adjustments.

Pre-registered tours are available Wednesday to Saturday from 9:30am to noon and 2:00 to 4:30pm with a break for cleaning mid-day.

Read the full media release

August 13, 2020

City of Surrey to Host Virtual Surrey Fusion Festival Livestream and Interactive Cultural Video Series

In participation with Culture Days, Surrey Fusion Festival will host a 90-minute livestream followed by a four-week interactive cultural video series on social media. Presented by Coast Capital Savings, the livestream will take place on September 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube Live. The interactive video series will be hosted on the City of Surrey’s event social media accounts from September 25 to October 25, 2020.

July 2020

July 31, 2020

Seeds of Change Surrey Partnership Addresses COVID-19 Food Security Challenges

In partnership with Seeds of Change Surrey, the City of Surrey is proud to support the launch of two new food security programs that will address the challenges many residents are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic: SOX BOX and the Yard to Garden Program.

Read the full media release

July 29, 2020

Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society Launching Second Round of COVID-19 Grant Program

In response to the longer-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on homelessness in Surrey, the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society (SHHS) will be launching a second round of funding in September 2020. The grants will support the ongoing and emerging needs related to COVID-19 of those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Read the full media release

July 28, 2020

Development and Construction Remain Strong in Surrey

More than $692 million in development projects were given approval to proceed by Surrey City Council at last night’s Regular Council – Land Use Meeting. The projects that were brought forward range from high rise residential towers, rental apartments, townhouses to industrial warehouses.

“With close to $700 million in building projects before Council last night, it’s clear that there is no shortage of confidence in developing and building in Surrey,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Surrey City Council has made it a priority to make sure that planning for our growing city does not halt during COVID-19."

Read the full media release.

July 20, 2020

Surrey Launches Enjoy Summer in Surrey

The City of Surrey is encouraging residents to play local and stay local with the new Enjoy Summer in Surrey campaign, aimed at highlighting the many low-cost and free outdoor activities available across one of Canada’s most livable cities.

Read the full media release.

July 10, 2020

Safe Re-openings of Recreational Facilities During COVID-19

During this time of pandemic, ensuring the heath and safety of our residents, patrons and staff are the principles that determine the re-opening of City of Surrey recreational facilities.

The City of Surrey is taking a safe and phased approach to the re-opening of parks, recreation and culture facilities. Re-openings are approved based on the ability to support the BC’s Restart Plan, and satisfy the Council approved criteria:

  • Ability to comply with new Provincial Health Order
  • Reasonable public demand for services
  • Financial viability
  • Public and employee safety measures are in place

Read the full media release

July 6, 2020

Stewart Farm to Offer Guided Outdoor Tours

Starting July 14, Historic Stewart Farm will offer guided outdoor tours of the popular heritage site. The new modified service follows new protocols to ensure community safety as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Read the full media release

June 2020

June 26, 2020

Outdoor Fitness Options Available in Surrey This Summer

Starting July 6, the City of Surrey is providing residents with more options to stay fit this summer with outdoor fitness classes and outdoor built-in fitness equipment re-opening. Classes will take place at four locations across the city and include lower intensity classes like yoga, Zumba and Pilates and higher intensity classes like bootcamp, body sculpt, cardio combo and cardio kickboxing.

Read the full media release

June 23, 2020

Surrey Libraries Launches Takeout Service

Surrey Libraries has announced the launch of contactless Takeout service at six branches serving Surrey’s town centres. City Centre, Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, and Semiahmoo library branches will be providing the service starting June 26.

Read the full media release

June 22, 2020

Surrey Makes PPE Companies Hit $4M in Sales

Sixteen manufacturers participating in the Surrey Makes PPE program have sold over $4 million worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help Canadians combat COVID-19. An additional twelve companies are currently in the process of retooling or establishing a PPE manufacturing presence in Surrey.

Read the full media release

June 17, 2020

City of Surrey Resumes Issuing Permits for Outdoor Sport Facilities

The City of Surrey will resume issuing permits for outdoor sport facility bookings effective today (June 17). Surrey’s outdoor sport facilities that are available for permitting include 15 artificial turf fields, 101 sports fields, 95 ball diamonds, 3 running tracks, 6 volleyball courts, and 5 lacrosse boxes.

Read the full media release

June 11, 2020

Limited Selection of Summer Day Camps Starting July 6

The City of Surrey will offer a limited selection of summer day camps for children ages 3 to 12 from July 6 to August 28.  Registration will open June 14 at 9 p.m.  All day camps will be led by fully trained leaders following enhanced health protocols.

June 10, 2020

Surrey Outdoor Pools, Spray Parks and Beaches Opening Dates

Surrey’s spray parks, outdoor pools and the swimming area at Crescent Beach will be open for water enthusiasts this summer with new protocols to ensure community safety.

The schedule of openings:

  • June 15: Spray Parks at Bear Creek Park, Fleetwood Park, South Surrey Athletic Park, Cloverdale Athletic Park, Unwin Park, Erma Stephenson Park, Goldstone Park, Newton Athletic Park, Bridgeview Park and Hazelgrove Park.
  • June 27: Outdoor Pools at Kwantlen Park, Bear Creek Park, Hjorth Road Park and Greenaway Park.
  • June 27: Crescent Beach Lifeguarding services begin
  • July 4: Outdoor Pools at Sunnyside Park, Unwin Park, Port Kells Park and Holly Park

Read the full media release

June 2, 2020

Darts Hill Garden Park Carefully Reopens for the Season

Starting this week, Darts Hill Garden Park reopens with new protocols to ensure community safety as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Now open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors will need to pre-register for a 1.5-hour time slot. Registration times will be available every 30 minutes. Final entrance time will be 2 p.m., with a maximum of 15 registered visitors for each time slot.

Read the full media release

Surrey Libraries Launches Survey on Resuming Services

Following the BC government’s announcement of BC’s Restart Plan, libraries in BC are developing plans to resume services and reopen to the public. As a valued patron of Surrey Libraries, we’d like to know what is most important to you as we consider ways to deliver library services while meeting health and safety protocols. 

May 2020

May 28, 2020

Public and School Playgrounds Re-opening June 1

Surrey, BC - Effective June 1, 125 playgrounds throughout the City’s park system and all playgrounds within the Surrey School district’s 101 elementary schools will be re-opened. The decision to re-open has been made with direction from the Provincial COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines which states that “playgrounds are a safe environment” and that everyone should be mindful of “appropriate personal hygiene practices before, during and after outdoor play.”

“The collective work we have done to flatten the curve is working and that is why we are now re-opening our City playgrounds,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “I fully welcome children, students and families to make full use of the playgrounds, but I want to remind everyone it is very important that we all continue to practice good health and hygiene measures. So, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer and if you are sick, stay home.”

Read the full media release

May 27, 2020

Surrey Celebrates BC Seniors Week with Virtual Activities and Programs

Surrey, BC - Providing Surrey seniors with online celebratory and interactive activities is the focus for Surrey’s BC Seniors Week (June 1–8) this year. City of Surrey will host over 15 free activities and events online and by phone to celebrate seniors and promote the importance of maintaining social connections while practicing physical distancing.

“With the physical distancing measures in place resulting from COVID-19, our city staff are continuously working to find innovative ways to keep our seniors engaged in the community. Surrey’s seniors will be able to participate, engage and connect during BC Seniors Week through the diverse online programming we are offering this year,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Keeping our seniors active, healthy and connected through recreational, arts and culture programming has always been and will always be a key priority for our city.”

Read the full media release

May 26, 2020

Council Implements New Initiatives to Help Local Restauranteurs and Retailers

Surrey, BC - At last night’s Regular Council Meeting, Council approved the Parking to Patios and Sidewalk Queuing Space initiatives that will permit the use of temporary outdoor areas to support local businesses. The two new pilot initiatives will create a simple and flexible process that allows businesses to provide increased physical distancing opportunities in outdoor spaces to meet Provincially mandated maximum occupancy reductions as part of the Provincial Government’s Phase 2 BC Restart Plan.

“Restaurants and retailers are the backbone of our local economy, that’s why Council has made it a priority to help them recover and succeed as we gradually reopen under BC’s Restart Plan,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Surrey’s Parking to Patios and Sidewalk Queuing Space initiatives will give businesses the opportunity to maximize use of outdoor areas while complying with physical distancing and reduced occupancy requirements due to COVID-19. I encourage everyone to support your neighbourhood restaurants and shops as we safely move forward through Phase 2.”

Read the full media release

May 22, 2020

10-Point Action Plan Updates

The City of Surrey has updated its 10-Point Action Plan to proactively mitigate and suppress the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 21, 2020

Canadian Water & Waste Water Association Guidelines for Building Managers on Reopening Buildings

Response to the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the prolonged closure or reduced occupancy of many buildings. When buildings are closed or on low occupancy for any prolonged period, water in the building becomes stagnant and can pose a number of potential health risks to consumers. Prior to re-opening or fully re-occupying a building, building managers need to take steps to ensure the water in the building is safe to consume.

The Canadian Water and Waste Water Association (CWWA) has released guidelines to help support building managers to ensure that their building water is safe for consumption. For more information, see the CWWA's Safely Re-Opening Buildings: A Fact Sheet for Building Owners/Operators.

May 20, 2020

City of Surrey to Host Virtual Canada Day Celebration

The City of Surrey has announced Surrey Canada Day will be hosted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consideration for public health and safety. Presented by Coast Capital Savings, Virtual Surrey Canada Day will take place on July 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for the kid’s and senior’s segment, and regular programming from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube Live.

Read the full release

May 19, 2020

Surrey Residents Embrace Digital Library Resources

Library branches may be closed due to COVID-19 but Surrey Libraries are still serving the literacy and learning needs of the community. New users of OverDrive, the free service that lets people borrow digital content like eBooks and eAudiobooks saw an increase of 257% in April compared to the same month last year.

Read the full release

Pandemic pay supports front-line health, social service workers

Health and social service workers delivering in-person, front-line care to some of B.C.’s most vulnerable people will receive a financial boost through temporary COVID-19 pandemic pay.

Read the full provincial release

May 15, 2020

K-12 students to have optional in-class instruction on June 1

Parents will have the choice of bringing their children back to class on a part-time basis this school year as part of BC’s Restart Plan, with the goal of returning to full-time classes in September 2020, provided it is safe to do so.

Read the full provincial release

May 12, 2020

Surrey Installs Healthcare Appreciation Street Banners Around Surrey Memorial and Peace Arch Hospital

The critical work of our healthcare workers has been heroic in our fight against COVID-19. As an extension of our gratitude to Surrey’s healthcare workers, the City of Surrey installed healthcare appreciation street banners around Surrey Memorial Hospital and Peace Arch Hospital today.

View the banners

May 11, 2020

Fraser Health Resumes Elective Surgeries

Fraser Health has started contacting patients who had their surgeries postponed to inform them of the restart plan and ask whether they would like to continue with their surgery while COVID-19 is still a concern.

Emerging Economy Task Force final report released

B.C. is in a better position to chart a long-term vision for the province according to the final report of the Emerging Economy Task Force. The 14-member task force has made 25 recommendations to help B.C. navigate global trends and technological advancements over the next 10 to 25 years. The report will also be a valuable resource to help inform the province’s COVID-19 pandemic economic recovery.

Read the full provincial release

Prime Minister announces additional support for businesses to help save Canadian jobs

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced new measures to support businesses so they can keep their workers on the payroll and weather this pandemic. Measurements include the establishment of the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) to provide bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers.

Read the full federal release

May 8, 2020

Surrey Finds New Ways to Connect with Youth During COVID-19

The City of Surrey has launched a series of free online programs for youth during BC Youth Week. The new program, designed in collaboration with the youth themselves, aims to maintain and strengthen connections during the pandemic by offering free weekly online activities, youth nights, virtual games, DIY projects, cooking demonstrations, and more.

Read More

May 7, 2020

Province launches renewal plan for surgeries

Surgeries that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are starting back up as part of a massive surgical renewal plan. Beginning this month, the Province will launch an extensive surgical renewal plan that will include calling patients, adding new capacity, and hiring and training staff.

Read the full provincial release

Prime Minister announces agreements to boost wages for essential workers

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that all provinces and territories have confirmed, or are in the process of confirming, plans to cost share wage top-ups for their essential workers. The Government of Canada will provide up to $3 billion in support to increase the wages of low-income essential workers.

Read the full federal release

May 6, 2020

Premier outlines plan to restart B.C. safely

British Columbians will move forward with safely restarting their province beginning in mid-May, according to a plan announced by Premier John Horgan.

Read the full provincial release

May 5, 2020

Surrey City Council approves COVID-19 Surrey Economic Action and Recovery Plan

The plan includes a 90-day extension on late payment penalties for residential and commercial property tax payments. Late payment charges will now come into effect on October 1, 2020, instead of July 3.

Read the full release

May 4, 2020

Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 epidemiology updates

“As we look at the epidemiology of COVID-19 over the past four months, we can see how the virus has affected people in British Columbia. What we know is that every region of the province has been impacted. We also know that severe illness is most prevalent with our seniors and Elders, men over 50 and those with chronic underlying health conditions." – Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer.

See the full release and presentation

Canada and international partners launch the Coronavirus Global Response

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today joined other global leaders to launch the Coronavirus Global Response. This online pledging event aims to initially raise more than $8 billion (USD) to help researchers and innovators develop solutions to test, treat, and protect people, and to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Read the full release

May 1, 2020

Online Applications Open for B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers

British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected because of the COVID-19 pandemic and are receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) can now apply for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers (BCEBW) online.

Read the full provincial release

April 2020

April 30, 2020

Surrey Fast-tracks Roadwork During COVID-19, Achieves Significant Gains in Completion Timelines

With schools closed and many residents working from home during COVID-19, the City of Surrey has strategically fast-tracked roadwork projects to take advantage of the 40% traffic volume reduction on roads.

Read the full release

April 29, 2020

B.C. extending state of emergency to continue COVID-19 response

The provincial state of emergency is being extended for the third time to support the extraordinary measures taken by the Province under the Emergency Program Act to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full release

April 28, 2020

Trucker travel enhanced with food trucks at key locations

Food trucks are being set up at provincially owned locations throughout B.C. to support commercial truck drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full release

Prime Minister releases joint statement by First Ministers for restarting the economy

This statement identifies the criteria and measures that need to be in place in order to begin to take steps to restart the economy.

Read More

April 27, 2020

Fraser Health: COVID-19 Testing Update

B.C.’s testing COVID-19 strategy has been expanded to include anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, however mild. While testing has expanded, not everyone needs a test. COVID-19 testing is not recommended for people without symptoms.

April 24, 2020

Rent relief on the way for B.C. small businesses

Thousands of small businesses in B.C. will see their monthly rent reduced by at least 75%, thanks to the new federal-provincial Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA).

Read the full provincial release and the related federal release.

Conquer COVID-19: Personal Protection Equipment Drive Happening April 25

The City of Surrey and Sport Surrey is pleased to be working with Conquer COVID-19 and we invite and encourage all residents and organizations to donate supplies for the Conquer COVID-19 Campaign and Personal Protection Equipment Drive. Supplies donated to the drive will be going to family physicians, nursing homes, elderly care facilities, women’s shelters and other community health groups. Even the smallest donation helps our frontline workers in the biggest way.

April 23, 2020

Surrey Makes PPE: Local Manufacturers Retooling to Combat COVID-19

Surrey Makes PPE is a City of Surrey initiative connecting local manufacturers with the information and resources to retool their facilities to produce essential medical and protective equipment. To date, nine Surrey manufacturers are producing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and medical supplies to meet the growing demand.

Read the full release

Applications for B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers to open May 1

Temporary relief is on the way for British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected by COVID-19, with applications for the $1,000 B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers (BCEBW) opening on May 1, 2020.

Read the full release

Prime Minister announces new support for COVID-19 medical research and vaccine development

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced more than $1 billion in support of a national medical research strategy to fight COVID-19 that includes vaccine development, the production of treatments, and tracking of the virus. This new funding builds on the $275 million investment for coronavirus research and medical countermeasures announced in March.

Read the full release

April 22, 2020

Companies, societies, co-operatives now able to meet electronically

To support B.C. companies, societies and co-operatives through the COVID-19 pandemic, electronic meetings will be allowed during the Province’s state of emergency.

Read the full provincial release

Education leaders help students stay fed while in-class instruction suspended

To ensure vulnerable students do not face barriers to learning while in-class instruction is suspended, B.C.’s school districts are finding innovative ways to provide families with more than 75,000 healthy meals a week. In Surrey, the Surrey School District immediately implemented a meal pick-up and delivery program, with staff in various positions stepping up to help bring food to students.

Read the full provincial release

Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced comprehensive support of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates.

Read the full federal release

April 21, 2020

Surrey City Council Continues Focus on Job Creation within Local Construction Sector

“While we all have to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is equally important to find ways to keep our local construction sector going that is so critical in creating so many meaningful and essential jobs,” said Mayor Doug McCallum.

Read the full release

Fire Safety Awareness During COVID-19

The Surrey Fire Service continues to address community risk and respond to incidents during COVID-19. We have modified our processes to maintain physical distancing and are keeping busy with a continued focus on Community Risk Reduction and Fire Prevention initiatives to ensure the safety of the citizens of Surrey.

Read the full release

Information for Indigenous Peoples in B.C.

The Province recognizes that Indigenous communities, particularly in remote areas, have specific needs and unique circumstances as we face the COVID-19 pandemic together.

Provincial: Emergency supports for home share, support service providers

Provincial emergency COVID-19 funding will be distributed through Community Living BC (CLBC) to ensure people with developmental disabilities stay supported and safe during the pandemic.

Read the provincial release

Prime Minister announces further support to help Canadians in need

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced an investment of $350 million to support vulnerable Canadians through charities and non-profit organizations that deliver essential services to those in need through the Emergency Community Support Fund.

Read the federal release

Government of Canada launches Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator for Employers

The new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator to support employers can be found on the CRA’s Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy web page.

Read the federal release

April 19, 2020

New ticketing measures to enforce Emergency Program Act orders

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has given police and other enforcement officers the ability to issue $2,000 violation tickets for price gouging and the reselling of medical supplies and other essential goods during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full provincial release

April 18, 2020

Provincial technology loans giving more children the opportunity to learn at home

More than 23,000 computers and devices are being loaned out in every part of the province, so students can access the internet and continue their education while in-class learning is suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full provincial release

Prime Minister announces support for Indigenous businesses

Justin Trudeau announces up to $306.8 million in funding to help small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses, and to support Aboriginal Financial Institutions that offer financing to these businesses.

Read the full federal release

April 17, 2020

More online options for students to support social, emotional well-being

The Province has announced that new, free virtual educational programs for students, parents and educators are available to support social and emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full provincial release.

Province allows strata corporations to hold meetings electronically

The Province is supporting strata corporations in B.C. to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by allowing them to hold meetings electronically, including their annual and special general meetings, during the current provincial state of emergency.

Read the full provincial release.

April 16, 2020

ICBC takes further steps to reduce financial burden for drivers during pandemic

ICBC will be waiving the $30 cancellation fee and $18 re-plating fee for those people who choose to cancel their insurance during this time. Customers will be required to remove the plate from their vehicle while it is not insured and the vehicle must be kept off the road.

Read the full release.

Small businesses can apply for bill relief from BC Hydro

BC Hydro has received over 3,000 applications from its small business customers for its COVID-19 Relief Fund after it began accepting applications on Wednesday. Under the program, BC Hydro small business customers that have closed as a result of COVID-19 can apply to have their electricity costs waived for up to three months.

Read the full release.

Prime Minister announces additional support for small businesses

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced new measures to support Canadian businesses so they can keep their doors open and their employees on the job.

Read the full release.

COVID-19: City of Surrey's 10-Point Action Plan

The 10-Point Action Plan addresses the City’s top priorities of protecting the health of our residents and city staff and ensuring essential services, such as water, utilities, police and fire are safely maintained for the overall well-being of our community.

Read the full release

April 15, 2020

City of Surrey weathering financial impact of COVID-19

As with all municipalities in the Metro Vancouver region, Surrey is feeling the financial strain caused by COVID-19. The City of Surrey has had to adjust and identify opportunities to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. As a result, Surrey has been able to moderate the financial impact caused by the virus.

Read the full release

More support for commercial truck drivers during COVID-19 crisis

To improve travel for commercial truck drivers, the Government of B.C. is funding the installation of portable toilets at several commercial vehicle pull-outs, inspection stations and chain-up locations throughout the province.

Read the provincial release

Prime Minister announces expanded access to Canada Emergency Response Benefit and support for essential workers

To help more Canadians benefit from the CERB, the government will be changing the eligibility rules to:

  • Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
  • Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their usual seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Extend the CERB to workers who recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19.

Read the full federal release

April 14, 2020

City of Surrey Online Videos Boost Mental and Physical Health for All Ages

While recreation centres and libraries across Surrey are closed to limit the spread of COVID-19, city staff have found a way to connect with residents online to ensure physical and mental health exercises are available for families at home during the pandemic.

Read the full release.

Fraser Health Issues Class Order for Fitness Facilities

As per a class order issued by Fraser Health, all fitness facilities in the Fraser Health Region must close immediately.

April 11, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2 receives Royal Assent to help businesses keep Canadians in their jobs

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is a key measure in the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. Read More

April 9, 2020

10-Point Action Plan

The City has adopted a 10-Point Action Plan toward proactively mitigating and suppressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and guide the day-today emergency response during the pandemic. The planning model uses data from multiple sources to aid future forecasting.

April 8, 2020

Easter Weekend COVID-19 Measures

In an effort to flatten the curve, the City of Surrey is implementing the following measures in advance of the upcoming Easter Weekend.

  • Effective immediately 1001 Steps (12500 Block of 15A Ave) and Christopherson Steps (2409 Christopherson Rd) are closed to all public use. The closures are in effect until further notice.
  • Starting this Friday, April 10 through Monday, April 13, vehicle access to Crescent Beach will be closed when the beach parking lot is full. When the parking lot is full, all non-residential vehicle traffic will be diverted from the area at Crescent Road and 128th St.
  • The COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team will be proactively patrolling busy areas throughout the Easter weekend to ensure that safe physical distancing measures are being observed.

Surrey Programs Support Local Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic

The City of Surrey has launched a series of initiatives to support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to launching a COVID-19 Business Resource Centre, the City’s new Surrey Store to Door platform has connected thousands of local consumers to online businesses in the first week alone. Read More

New measures support returning British Columbians, boost response to COVID-19

The Province is introducing new measures to make sure British Columbians returning home from international destinations have the support they need to self-isolate and keep their communities safe from COVID-19. Read More

Parliamentary secretary’s statement on safe spaces for people leaving violence

Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, has issued the following statement about the Province's support for women and children experiencing violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Families throughout B.C. to benefit from enhanced digital library services

Book lovers of all ages will soon have greater access to online learning and reading resources, thanks to a one-time $3-million government investment in public libraries. Read More

Province provides emergency fund for children with special needs

B.C. government is providing a new Emergency Relief Support Fund and has added service flexibility for parents of children with special needs to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program to help businesses and young Canadians affected by COVID-19

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program that will help employers hire summer staff and provide young Canadians access to the jobs they need during this unprecedented time. This program will help create up to 70,000 jobs for youth between 15 and 30 years of age. Read More

Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health Communication: Use of Non-Medical Masks (or Facial Coverings) by the Public

Canadian public health guidance related to COVID-19 has been changing as the evidence base and our understanding of COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. We are continually looking at the evidence as it is being produced and working with our partners across the country and around the world to learn more.

To prevent transmission of COVID-19 here is what we know is proven:

  • Staying home as much as possible
  • Physical distancing
  • Washing your hands
  • Protecting the most vulnerable from infection and exposure to others
  • Covering your cough with tissues or your sleeve
  • It is critical that these measures continue.

Read the full statement.

April 7, 2020

Emergency Response Centre Opens at North Surrey Recreation Centre to Support those Experiencing Homelessness

BC Housing, City of Surrey and Fraser Health have established a temporary Emergency Response Centre at Surrey’s decommissioned North Surrey Recreation Centre.

Council Fueling Local Economy and Creating Jobs During Pandemic

At last night’s Regular Council meeting, Surrey City Council approved four City Engineering Capital Contracts valued at $14M that will result in the creation of approximately 140 new jobs. Read More

Helping the Truck Drivers who are Essential to our Food and Supply Chain

"It is important that we recognize the essential role truckers play and we should all be thanking and supporting the men and women who are the key links in our food and supply chain.” – Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum Read More

Provincial Government: New spaces secured for vulnerable people to self isolate

So far, more than 900 spaces have been secured at 23 sites including hotels, motels and community centres throughout B.C. Read More

Prime Minister Announces Production of More Medical Supplies & Equipment in Canada

The Government of Canada is building a secure, domestic supply of needed items to protect frontline health workers as they fight this global pandemic. Nearly 5,000 Canadian companies have offered their expertise and capacity. Read More

April 6, 2020

Change in Open Burning Regulations

In keeping with the Provincial requirements, Metro Vancouver has restricted all open burning. To ensure that we are following these recommendations and requirements; effective immediately, all burning permits issued by the Surrey Fire Service are suspended and open burning of any kind is banned in the city.

Read the full release

Canadians can now Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The federal government has announced that Canadians who have lost their income due to COVID-19 can expect their payment in 3 to 5 business days from when they apply if they are using direct deposit.

Read the full release

April 5, 2020

The Government of Canada has announced new measures for ferries and commercial passenger vessels with 12+ passengers that will come into effect April 6, 2020. These new measures include prohibiting commercial marine vessels from engaging in non-essential activities, restrictions on Canadian cruise ships and reductions in passengers allowed on ferries. In addition, health screening guidelines will be issued to ferry operators to better protect employees and passengers.

Read the full release

April 4, 2020

Provincial COVID-19 Strategic Research Advisory Committee

The Provincial government has announced the formation of the new COVID-19 Strategic Research Advisory Committee, which will facilitate research efforts across the province.

Read the full statement.

April 3, 2020

Virtual Council Meetings

In an effort to maximize social distancing, Surrey City Council meetings will now be conducted virtually. Learn more about our upcoming Virtual Council Meetings, kicking off on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7pm. The meeting will also be live-streamed on our website.

April 2, 2020

Surrey Launches Public Campaign to Encourage Physical Distancing Commitment

The City of Surrey is encouraging residents to not let down their guard and maintain the practice of physical distancing to fight the spread of COVID-19. The message is clear: stay the course as we battle to flatten the curve.

The Surrey Flattens the Curve campaign calls on residents to share their personal commitment in limiting the spread of COVID-19, while rallying others to join the fight. This public campaign includes a social media badge and banner enabling residents to share their pledge with family and friends, as well as digital billboard ads, local transit shelter ads and digital promotion of the campaign hashtag, #SurreyFlattenstheCurve.  The campaign emphasises the three main actions needed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Read the full release.

April 1, 2020

Government Announces Details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to Help Businesses Keep Canadians in their jobs

To help Canadians and businesses get through these tough economic times, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the Government is proposing to introduce a wage subsidy of 75 per cent for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. Learn More

Province supporting people with relief on power bills during COVID-19

The Government of British Columbia and BC Hydro are helping residents and business owners impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. BC Hydro will offer new, targeted bill relief to provide immediate help to those most in need. Residential customers who have lost their jobs or are unable to work as a result of COVID-19 will receive a credit to help cover the cost of their electricity bills. Small businesses that have been forced to close due to COVID-19 will have their power bills forgiven for three months. Learn More

March 2020

March 31, 2020

Joint statement on Province of BC's COVID-19 response, latest updates

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's provincial health officer, issued a joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia.

The update included news on child care for essential service workers.

Read the full release.

March 30, 2020

Positive Results Seen by Surrey COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team

Surrey Bylaws and Surrey RCMP have launched the COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team to ensure all Surrey residents and business owners understand their personal obligations to stop the spread of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Compliance & Enforcement Team comprises of law enforcement officers made up of members of the Surrey Bylaw Services and Surrey RCMP. The team proactively conducts outreach to Surrey businesses, faith-based locations, event locations, and recovery homes to inform, educate and prevent contraventions of public health safety orders. The team will be proactively patrolling in popular areas where people continue to congregate such as parks and beaches in Surrey.

Read the full release.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Mayor Doug McCallum

"When we are outside enjoying the fresh air at our parks and beaches or when we are at the grocery store or pharmacy, I am encouraged to see so many people obeying the rules of social distancing. It is clear that this message is getting through and as long as we continue to practice social distancing, we will continue to make an impact in our collective fight against the spread of COVID-19.

That is why it is so vital that we do not let our guard down and slip back to our old ways. As we enter this critical juncture to “flatten the curve,” it is critical that we maintain our discipline in social distancing. Don’t gather in groups larger than 10, stay home as much as you can, and when you are outside, take a wide and safe path around others for your safety and theirs. With everyone doing their part, we can and will get through this challenging time."

– Mayor Doug McCallum

Joint statement on Province of BC's COVID-19 response, latest updates

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's provincial health officer, issued a joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia.

The update included news on

  • 19 major hospitals being designated as primary COVID-19 facilities,
  • suspending pay parking for the patients, staff and visitors at all health authority owned and operated sites, effective April 1 until further notice,
  • the new Keep Learning website to give families additional support and provide guidance on how to incorporate learning into their everyday activities.

Read the full release.

March 29, 2020

  • The federal government announced new funding to help address the needs of those experiencing homelessness as well as special funding for women’s shelters, including facilities in Indigenous communities, to help with their capacity to manage or prevent an outbreak.
  • Funding is also available to support for counselling services to children and youth via Kids Help Phone.
  • Additional funding is also being channeled through the United Way Canada for local organizations to support practical services to Canadian seniors. Learn More
  • The Province announced a $3-million emergency grant from the Community Gaming Grants program to Food Banks British Columbia. Surrey’s Food Bank remains open and continues to meet the challenges of COVID-19 locally and will receive this provincial funding. Learn More

March 28, 2020

  • Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, has ordered all episodic vending markets (also known as “farmers’ markets” or “community markets”) to only allow vendors to serve food at these events. Vendors of all other merchandise are prohibited at these events until further notice. Learn More
  • The Government of Canada is now requiring all air operators to conduct a health check of travellers before they board a flight within Canada or departing from Canada, based on guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Air operators can refuse boarding to a passenger that presents COVID-19 symptoms. Learn More

March 27, 2020

  • Effective immediately, Surrey City Hall will be open to the public by appointment only. 
  • Effective Monday, March 30, garbage, organics and recycling must be contained within carts, and the Large Item Pick Up Program will be suspended until further notice. Any large item scheduled for pickup on or after this date will be rescheduled for pickup at a later date. 

March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team

City Bylaw Services and the Surrey RCMP have established a joint COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team to respond to public complaints received where individuals are not respecting social distancing practices and the instructions and/or recommendations provided by the Provincial Medical Health Officer. The Team will disperse gatherings of more than 50 people through education, however, municipal fines or other penalties may be enforced against non compliant persons or businesses. The Team's primary focus is on:

  • Businesses, banquet halls, and faith-based locations;
  • Large gatherings at any place of (private) business;
  • Large gatherings on residential properties; and
  • Playgrounds and any gatherings of more than 50 people on any City-owned property.

Residents wishing to report a violation to a public health order must contact the City of Surrey Bylaw Call Centre at 604-591-4370 or the RCMP Non Emergency Line at 604-599-0502 after hours and weekends.

Provincial Updates

  • The Province is funding the expansion of bc211, a provincewide information and referral service, to match seniors with volunteers. Call 2-1-1 if you are a senior and would like to be linked with a volunteer. Also call 2-1-1 if you would like to volunteer to provide assistance to a senior in your community. Learn more.
  • Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, announced steps to support COVID-19 response, including steps affecting Supply Chain, Protecting Consumers, Enforcement, Travel, BC's Most Vulnerable, and Coordination of local governments. See today’s Provincial news release for full details.

March 25, 2020 Updates

90-day Extension for Annual Flat Water and Sewer Payment

Effective March 25, the City of Surrey's Annual Flat Water and Sewer payment will be extended by 90 days. The grace period has been endorsed by City Council and the payment is now due July 2, 2020. There has been no change to the payment schedule for those on metered billing.

Read the full media release

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Mayor Doug McCallum

"COVID-19 can and will be stopped, and the fight begins and ends with each of us.

"This battle is for the health of our communities, our neighborhoods, our older population that is the most vulnerable, our loved ones, our families and our individual self."

Read the full statement from Mayor Doug McCallum

March 24, 2020 Updates

  • The Provincial government has launched the COVID-19 BC Support App & Self-Assessment Tool to provide users with the latest updates, trusted resources, and alerts.
  • Some recycling depots are suspending service or reducing service hours. Before heading to your local depot, please confirm with them that they are open and that their hours have not changed. See Recycle BC’s full advisory for more information.

March 23, 2020 Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Mayor Doug McCallum - March 23

"The battle against COVID-19 is in a critical phase. I want to personally thank and commend the citizens of Surrey who have been doing their part. Over the last few days, I have personally observed that the vast majority of our citizens are taking personal responsibility by staying home or when outside, strictly adhering to social distancing measures." - Mayor McCallum

Read the full Mayor's Statement

Effective immediately, City playgrounds, city skateparks, city sports courts for team sports such as basketball, lacrosse/ball hockey are closed. All City of Surrey playing fields are closed for organized sports. Provincial sport organizations, i.e. BC Soccer, BC Football, BC Baseball, BC Softball and BC Cricket have suspended all play. Casual use of sports fields and open green space in our parks can take place within the parameters of social distancing.

COVID-19 Action Plan: Province Announces First steps to Support People, Businesses

British Columbians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will benefit from $5 billion in income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services. The COVID-19 Action Plan is the provincial government’s first step to provide relief to people and businesses in British Columbia. The plan dedicates $2.8 billion to help people and fund the services they need to weather the crisis; $2.2 billion will provide relief to businesses and help them recover after the outbreak.

Read the Province's full press release

March 22, 2020 Updates

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced that the Government House Leader has asked the Speaker of the House of Commons to recall the House in order to introduce urgent economic measures, as part of Canada’s $82 billion response to support workers and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The House is expected to meet on Tuesday, March 24, at 12 pm eastern time. Learn more
  • The Province and Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, directed employers at construction sites to take all necessary precautions to minimize the risks of COVID-19 transmission and illness to themselves and their employees. Learn more

March 21, 2020 Updates

  • Until further notice, the Province has ordered the closure of personal service establishments – like barbershops, salons, nail estheticians, health spas, massage parlours, tattoo shops and others. Learn more
  • As British Columbians work to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the Province is taking swift action to protect vulnerable people, including those experiencing homelessness, in communities around British Columbia. Initial actions include a ban on evictions for non-payment of rent in BC Housing-funded buildings. Learn more

March 20, 2020 Updates

  • Planning & Development Call Centre: As of 8:30am on March 20, Planning & Development has now implemented a call centre, allowing residents and customers to avoid visiting City Hall. All Planning & Development inquiries will be accepted and dealt with on a first-come-first-serve basis (similar to the department’s Customer Service Counter’s regular process). Planning & Development Call Centre phone number: 604-591-4086
  • Digital Permit Intake: All Planning & Development permits will now be digitally accepted by email, through permitapplication@surrey.ca. All permit application processes will remain the same, apart from receiving the physical document copies.

Applicants must submit all necessary documentations, similar to in-person permit application submissions. Once Planning & Development staff receive an emailed permit application, the attached documents will be printed and saved digitally. Regular permit intake procedures will then continue as usual. Any permit application deficiencies will be communicated by email.

Planning & Development has the right to request hard copy permit application submissions when appropriate. While we intend on lessening in-person interactions and avoiding you from visiting City Hall, hard copies may be necessary depending on the scope of work and project size. Should this be the case, we will let you know after you have attempted to submit your application by email.

March 19, 2020 Updates

Mayor McCallum provided an update on City Services and Operations. Highlights include:

  • Starting Friday, March 20, a call centre for planning, development and building inquiries and to make appointments that would normally take place at City Hall will be in operation. Call 604-591-4086 for assistance.
  • Starting Monday, March 23, all city-run day camps will be shut down. Also, starting Monday, the two daycares located at civic facilities will be shut down to the public in order to prioritize space for health workers, first responders and essential service workers.
  • City staff have also been taking stock of large format industrial space that could potentially be used to set up temporary hospitals, or as space for production lines to manufacture essential medical equipment, or for warehousing of essential resources.
  • Regarding property taxes, we are actively working with the Province on what can be done on this front and we will update you as soon as we can.

Read the full update

March 18, 2020 Updates

  • The British Columbia government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • Declaring a state of emergency allows the Province, through the minister, to implement any provincial emergency measures required with access to land and human resource assets that may be necessary to prevent, respond to or alleviate the effects of an emergency. Read the province's press release for more information.

March 17, 2020 Updates

  • Classes at all K-12 schools in BC are suspended until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19. During this time, the Province of British Columbia has directed schools to develop a plan for continued learning for their students.
  • Effective immediately, businesses with liquor primary licences, such as bars, pubs and night clubs, must close as they are unable to adequately meet the requirements of social distancing. Restaurants and cafes that cannot maintain social distancing of one to two meters between patrons will need to move to take-out and delivery models.

March 16, 2020 updates

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced additional actions being taken in response to COVID-19 to limit its spread and to provide support to Canadian travellers. The Prime Minister also strongly urged Canadians to follow the recommendations that:

  • All Canadians avoid non-essential travel outside the country until further notice.
  • Canadian travellers return to Canada via commercial means while they remain available.
  • All travellers to Canada self-isolate for 14 days upon entry, with exceptions for workers who are essential to the movement of goods and people.

Additionally, new air travel regulations are now in place:

  • International flights will only be permitted to Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, and Calgary International Airport.
  • Foreign nationals are not permitted. Moving forward, only air crews, travellers arriving in Canada in transit to a third country, Canadian permanent residents, diplomats, or immediate family members of Canadian citizens will be permitted to land by air in Canada.

View the full press release.