Statement on COVID-19 and the Tourism Sector in Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert, March 18th, 2020 – Tourism Prince Rupert has been closely monitoring the evolving effects of COVID-19 on the tourism sector in Prince Rupert and Northern BC. With the prevailing recommendation to cancel or postpone all non-essential travel and the Federal Government’s recent decision to severely limit international entry into Canada, it’s clear that our 2020 tourism season will be impacted.
To ensure the safety of our Visitor Centre staff and discourage public gatherings in this time, the Prince Rupert Visitor Centre at 200-215 Cow Bay Road will be closed until further notice. For those wishing to inquire about visiting Prince Rupert, our Visitor Centre staff can still be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 250-624-5637. We will continue to work with the Prince Rupert Port Authority to provide any new updates over the coming weeks.
“The Prince Rupert Visitor Centre represents a key resource for visitors to our community, as well as to local tourism businesses who use the Visitor Centre to advertise their businesses. We hope to see the Visitor Centre open again in the near future and will continue to work with our partners at the Prince Rupert Port Authority to respond to new updates.”
“Following the recommendations of Health Canada and the Federal and Provincial Government to practice social distancing and discourage group gatherings, the Prince Rupert Port Authority has elected to close the Port Interpretive Centre and the Visitor Centre. We support this decision and will continue to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 on our tourism sector in order to provide updates and resources for our local tourism stakeholders.”
Regarding the upcoming cruise season, as of now, the only formal restriction in place bans vessels carrying over 500 passengers from docking in Canada until July 1st. In Prince Rupert, this represents only five vessels. Currently, the first cruise call under the new start date for the 2020 cruise season will be Hurtigruten’s Roald Amundsen on July 5. Tourism Prince Rupert will continue working closely with the Prince Rupert Port Authority to provide any further announcements regarding travel for the 2020 season.
There is no doubt that we will also see less air, car, and sea travel to Prince Rupert in the coming months as people practice social distancing and eliminate all non-essential travel. This will surely impact many small businesses in Prince Rupert who rely on tourism in the summer months for their bottom line. Tourism Prince Rupert is currently working to develop a bank of resources to support local small businesses who rely on our tourism economy. At this time, we ask that anyone looking for support to visit the following link, where Destination BC has collated resources, current updates, and travel advisories affecting the tourism sector in British Columbia.
Executive Director, Tourism Prince Rupert