COVID-19 Guidance and Resources for Whistler Businesses

Last updated: May 22

Stay up to date on the rapidly evolving situation, and on the nature of the virus itself, by frequently checking provincial, national and international websites:

Locally, you can stay up-to-date with news from organizations such as Tourism Whistler, and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.

A list of businesses closures and changes from Tourism Whistler can be found on this page.

BC’s Restart Plan

As of May 19, Whistler will move forward with safely restarting – in-line with the rest of British Columbia –  according to a plan announced by Premier John Horgan, which includes:

  • small social gatherings;
  • a resumption of elective surgeries and regulated health services like physiotherapy, dentistry, chiropractors and in-person counselling;
  • provincial parks open for day use;
  • opening more non-essential businesses in keeping with safe operations plans;
  • recalling the provincial legislature for regular sittings.

We will continue to provide the Whistler Business community with the necessary resources and updates as we move towards our ‘new normal’.

Key steps to safely operating your business or organization and reducing covid-19 transmission – from BC Small Business Roundtable

BC’S RESTART PLAN | Next steps to move BC through the pandemic

Safely Restarting with WorkSafeBC

Like essential services during the pandemic, all employers must demonstrate that they can operate safely. In fact, all employers are required under the Workers Compensation Act to ensure the safety of their employees at work.

As local businesses, non-profits and organizations plan for the restart, WorkSafeBC will be there to help, and will work with employers and workers through educational materials, consultation, and workplace inspections to help you restart safely.

Employers will be required to:

Sectors that have operated during the pandemic may need to update their COVID-19 Safe Plans to fit with updated Health and Safety Guidelines, best practices and resources.

For resources, visit the WorkSafeBC website or call WorkSafeBC’s Prevention Information Line at 1-888-621-7233.

Stay tuned – Your Chamber will be working in partnership with WorkSafeBC to deliver you sector-specific support for business planning in the coming days and weeks. More details coming very soon.

Industry Specific Resources


Employer resources from the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA)


Recovery Playbook from the Retail Council of Canada

VIDEO: Advocacy In Action – COVID-19 Recovery Strategies for Retailers

More Resources

Business Travel & Events

As of March 13, 2020, the Government of Canada advised Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.



COVID-19 Business Support Series


Ep #1 - HR Resources and Employment Law

Ep #2 - Federal and Provincial Government Funding Measures

Ep #3 - Working From Home 101

Ep #4 - Self Care for You and Your Business

Ep #5 - Financial Support for Small Business

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