With the new restrictions now in play, many are left wondering where exactly they can and cannot go.
B.C.’s new restrictions began on April 23rd, 2021 and last until the May long weekend.
The original restrictions stated staying within your respective health authority and not travelling outside of those areas. That restriction has now been updated to include all of Lower Mainland as one region (treated as one health authority).
BC’s Health Authority Map Pre Restrictions
You may be wondering what health authority you reside in or your family and friends do for that matter.
It may surprise you that they sometimes actually differ from a neighbouring city. For example, Vancouver and Burnaby are actually part of 2 different health regions, despite their proximity to one another.
Here’s some clarification on what health authority you actually reside in. There are a total of 5 Health Authorities in B.C. This health authority map shows you each health region’s borders.
Breakdown of Metro Vancouver Regions
Each city itself is designated to a region, which we’ve broken down and listed for you below.
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCHA):
- Bowen Island
- Lions Bay
- North Vancouver
- West Vancouver
Fraser Health Authority (FHA):
- Maple Ridge
- New Westminster
- Pitt Meadows
- Port Coquitlam
- Port Moody
- White Rock
You can see the complete list of cities and respective health authority on the B.C. Government website.
What You Need To Know
First and foremost, while Metro Vancouver is typically made up of multiple health regions, local authorities have stated both the Fraser Health Authority and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority will be treated as one when it comes to current restrictions. This means you’re technically allowed to commute between VCHA and FHA regions, as they are both considered Metro Vancouver/Lower Mainland.
An update on Friday has further clarified that for the latest restriction, B.C. will be divided into 3 main regional zones:
- Grey: The Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley (Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health areas).
- Light blue: Vancouver Island (Island Health).
- Dark blue: Northern and Interior regions (Northern health and Interior Health).
BC’s New Health Regions Map
Where You Can’t Visit
Locals who reside within VCHA and FHA regions are restricted from leaving during the restriction period. This includes visiting places like Vancouver Island (VIHA) and the Interior of B.C., (IHA). Those found violating this order may be subjected to a $575 fine.
You are currently not able to book accommodations or camping outside your region. Operators will cancel any bookings that have already been made and B.C. parks will be issuing refunds. However, camping and hiking in your region is still permitted.
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