Comox Glacier over the Comox Valley. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Comox Valley Economic Recovery Task Force encouraged by increase in tourism Phase III promises

With the transition to Phase III of BC’s Restart Plan, the Comox Valley Economic Recovery Task Force (ERTF) is pleased to see the steady return of B.C. residents visiting the Comox Valley, safely.

Phase III permits B.C. residents to take part in smart, safe and respectful travel within the province, noting the cautions taken at home need to be applied when travelling.

“The Comox Valley looks forward to continuing to welcome visitors back to explore and enjoy the area responsibly,” said Hegus (Chief) Nicole Rempel, co-chair of the ERTF. “Tourism is critical to our region’s economy and small businesses, as is the safety and well-being of our residents. Together with our operators, Comox Valley businesses have responded with safety measures and protocols to ensure their staff, guests, visitors and clients can all enjoy the attractions and services of the area.”

Maintaining a healthy status in the Comox Valley this summer is as simple as remembering Dr. Bonnie Henry’s rules:

• Wash your hands frequently

• Don’t touch your face

• Keep a distance from others

• If you are sick or showing symptoms: Stay home, no exceptions.

“I have been really impressed with the social distancing and safety protocols I’ve seen implemented in businesses throughout the Comox Valley, in anticipation of the return of visitors and local customers,” said ERTF co-chair, Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells. “While our region has seen steady growth in international visitors over the years, the Comox Valley still relies heavily on B.C. residents. We are well-positioned to welcome them safely this summer.”

For information on the Comox Valley’s Know Before You Go messaging to visitors, which includes guidelines from Indigenous Tourism BC, Destination BC and the BC Government’s Guidelines for BC Travel, visit DiscoverComoxValley.com

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