Know Before You Go:

Explore White Rock COVID-19 Update


(Updated September 8, 2021)

British Columbia is in Step 3 of the Restart Plan and welcoming visitors for safe and responsible travel in the province. We look forward to welcoming you back to White Rock! 

Fully vaccinated international travellers (including American citizens and permanent residents living in the USA) can now enter Canada for leisure travel. Find out if you can enter Canada, here.

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

Starting September 13, proof of vaccination will be required in BC to attend certain social and recreational events, including indoor ticketed sporting events, indoor and patio dining at restaurants, fitness centres, casinos and indoor organized events, including conferences and weddings. Learn more about proof of vaccination, here.


The White Rock Pier, Promenade and the beach are all currently OPEN!

All waterfront parking lots along West Beach and East Beach have reopened for the public and the West Beach Parkade on Vidal Street has reopened.  For more information about parking in White Rock, visit whiterockcity.ca/parking

Visitors are reminded to please stay two metres apart from others while enjoying the natural beauty of White Rock’s waterfront. Signage featuring Pacific harbour seals, blue herons and sea stars (starfish) illustrating 2 metres has been installed along the waterfront.


COVID-19 is being effectively monitored, controlled and treated in British Columbia and Canada.  The Public Health Agency of Canada is actively monitoring the situation and working with the World Health Organization and other international partners.  We know that COVID-19 remains top of mind for many travellers.

We want your time in White Rock to be enjoyable for everyone, respecting the health guidelines by the province as well as physical distancing while using parks and trails, and in shops and restaurants

Here’s what we’re doing to protect you in White Rock:

  • Restaurants, shops and accommodators have implemented provincially approved guidelines for cleaning and physical distancing to keep staff and patrons safe.
  • Activity providers have created additional safety measures as well as implemented provincially approved guidelines for cleaning and physical distancing to keep staff and visitors safe.
  • Due to limited space and modified group sizes, please call ahead to activity providers to see if additional items are required to bring in advance of your trip.

Here’s what we’re asking you to do to help keep our locals and staff safe:

  • If you or anyone in your travelling group has been sick in the previous week or have flu-like symptoms, PLEASE RESCHEDULE your trip.
  • When stopping at gas stations, grocery stores, and liquor stores, please consider sending only one person from your group into the store at a time.
  • Book your activities in advance.
  • Bring your own personal protective equipment with you if you can (hand sanitizer and mask)
  • Make a reservation at our restaurants, or consider opting for takeout to eat outside. Additional picnic tables have been installed around the community and at the beach.
  • Please help keep our first responders safe by adhering to safety protocols while on local trails. More information can be found here.
  • Respect 2m physical distancing recommendations when in a public space.

Accommodations

Restaurants, Cafés, and Breweries

Retail

  • White Rock retail businesses have reopened for in-store shopping with reduced capacity and new cleaning guidelines.
  • Many stores are still offering curbside pick-up options, please phone your favourite shop to find out more about their current operations.
  • Masks are recommended but not required in all public indoor settings.
  • Click here for more information on retail reopening guidelines from WorkSafe BC.

Arts and Cultural Facilities

  • Museums and galleries have reopened:
    • The White Rock Museum & Archives gift shop and exhibit galleries are open. The Children’s Gallery will remain closed due to safety restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • The Landmark Pop-Uptown Gallery is open to the public with safety guidelines in place. Capacity in the gallery is restricted to four (4) guests and two (2) artists at any one time.
  • They will be operating with a limited capacity and in some cases, it is recommended to call ahead and schedule a visit.
  • When visiting please remember to adhere to social distancing guidelines and stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Click here for more information on arts and cultural facilities reopening guidelines from WorkSafe BC.

Events

  • All large events in White Rock have been cancelled through the fall and winter.
  • However, many event organizers have been creative in coming up with new ways to host events safely.
  • Keep up to date on virtual and in-person events by checking out our events calendar.

Visitor Servicing

We are available to answer your questions on our chat tool found on our website here, or by connecting with us on social media. These channels aren’t monitored 24 hours a day, but we will respond in a timely manner.

Entering Canada

The Canadian border is now open to fully vaccinated international visitors. We encourage all travellers to be fully informed of the pre-entry and on-arrival public health and testing requirements both federally and provincially. This includes the mandatory use of the ArriveCAN app. Travellers should plan for extra time in the lead-up, and upon the arrival of their trip. For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada’s website

Planning Your Travel
  • People who travel, regardless of citizenship, need to follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep Canadians safe, particularly given the COVID-19 variants in Canada and around the world.
  • To qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption, you must:
    • Be eligible to enter Canada on the specific date you enter
    • Have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
    • Have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines
    • Have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada
      • For example: if your last dose was anytime on Thursday, July 1st, then Friday, July 16th would be the first day that you meet the 14-day condition
    • Upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
    • Meet all other entry requirements (for example, pre-entry test)
  • For detailed information, including the steps you should follow before your trip, please visit the Government of Canada website.
  • Make sure when travelling into Canada you have proper identification for yourself, and any children travelling with you, to help confirm your legal right or authorization to enter into Canada. All international traveller’s identification must be acceptable as well as valid visas (if necessary) to ensure entry; a passport is recommended because it is the only reliable, universally accepted travel/identification document for the purpose of international travel. To learn more about identification requirements and other important information about crossing the USA/Canada border check out the Canadian Border Services Agency website or the Canada Welcomes You website

Additional Resources

We encourage you to visit the Public Health Authority of Canada’s (PHAC) website for the most accurate and up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation.

Destination BC has created a one-stop-shop of information on government response plans and packages for workers and businesses, travel advisories, airport screening measures, and tips for visitors seeking medical attention: Destination BC’s Coronavirus Update

City of White Rock COVID-19 Update
Health Link BC’s website
Government of Canada COVID-19 update
World Health Organization COVID-19 update