COVID-19 Information

Collecting Memories

The Cortes Island Museum & Archives is launching a collecting initiative, Now or Never, to gather materials relating to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has changed our lives, disrupted our daily routines and sparked unexpected shifts in community life. To document this time of change we are inviting the Cortes community to submit stories, drawings, poems, journal entries, blog and social media posts, letters, music, photos, videos, or whatever else has supported, challenged or inspired you.

Now or Never reflects the evolving nature of museums from repositories of history to spaces for reflection – and commentary – about current social and environmental changes. More information here:  <READ MORE> (posted June 11, 2020)

Cortes Island Museum COVID-19 Safety Plan

Cortes Island Museum has careful COVID-19 protocols in place:  <READ MORE> (posted June 11, 2020)

With a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place, we are pleased to welcome visitors during our usual summer hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Mondays).

The use of the Archives is by appointment.

 

Smelt Bay Park


Due to COVID-19, the campground is 100% reservable to limit the number of people travelling to Cortes Island without confirmed accommodation and to ensure that the park can accommodate visitors safely at Smelt Bay. The overflow camping site is limited to one-night emergency camping only.

For reservation go to www.discovercamping.ca.

(posted June 11, 2020)

Cortes Island Health Advisory for Travellers & Visitors

Cortes Island is a remote rural community and has very limited health care resources. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Province of British Columbia and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC have issued guidance and regulations for all primary health care providers.
We continue to offer care to Cortes Island residents, but our capacity to see travellers, visitors and summer residents is extremely limited.
We will continue to offer care for true emergencies, with the support of volunteer First Responders and the BC Ambulance Service.
ALL patients must be screened by telephone before any in-person appointments. Please do not show up at the clinic expecting to be seen, without talking to us first.
Remember, please stay safe and be kind.  <READ MORE> (posted on Tideline, our community website, on June 3, 2020)

The Top Doctor Who Aced the Coronavirus Test

Dr. Bonnie Henry kept the disease in check in British Columbia without harsh enforcement methods. Now, she is leading the way out of lockdown.

READ MORE  in The New York Times article published on June 5, 2020.

From the Undersigned Cortes Tourism Service Providers

Dear Visitors,

The undersigned Tourism Service Providers request your conscientious vigilance in protecting our remote small island home from coronavirus should you choose to visit after the BC Government moves to Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan and sanctions in-province travel. <READ MORE> (posted on Tideline, our community website, on June 15, 2020)

BC Ferries Implements Requirement for Passenger Face Coverings

In keeping with directives and guidance provided by Transport Canada, passengers travelling with BC Ferries will be required to be in possession of a face covering that covers their mouth and nose, and asked to wear this covering in situations when physical separation of two metres cannot be maintained.

This directive goes into effect on June 15 for routes longer than 30 minutes and applies to all passengers over the age of two, including those passengers travelling in a vehicle.  <READ MORE> (posted on Tideline, our community website, on June 16, 2020)

Misty Isles Adventures COVID-19 Operating Procedures

Thank you for your interest in joining us aboard Misty Isles for the 2020 season. We have been spending a lot of time this spring thinking through every aspect of our business, in an effort to keep both our guests and employees as safe as possible. There are a few things that you can do to help, so please read through all of the information carefully. Here is our guest protocol: <READ MORE

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