COVID-19 Guidance and Resources for Whistler Businesses

Last updated: July 10

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.

*NEW* Whistler’s Doors Open Directory from Tourism Whistler provides information for Whistler locals looking to get out, or visitors planning ahead. The directory provides up-to-date information on what is open in Whistler.

BC’s Restart Plan

The BC Restart Plan takes a phased approach to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. Each phase provides guidance for individuals and businesses. Everyone is free to go at their own pace as we move between phases, as long as they follow the guidance and orders of the Provincial Health Officer. Businesses and organizations may not follow the same timelines for reopening and expanding interactions.

As of June 24, Whistler is proceeding with Phase 3 of the Restart Plan. This means that people can take part in smart, safe and respectful travel within BC. International travellers returning to B.C. are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days and complete a self-isolation plan.

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

Business Reopening Resources

Here are some key resources to help businesses in the reopening phase:

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

From the Canadian Business Resilience Network:

Small Business Relief Fund

Business Resilience Service

Roadmap to Recovery

Roadmap Toolkit for Chambers and Boards of Trade

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

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.

The BC Chamber with your Sea to Sky regional Chambers partnered with WorkSafeBC to provide this webinar on workplace health and safety during COVID-19.

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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