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Economic Recovery Task Force Supports Phase III and return of BC residents

July 16, 2020

Comox Valley, British Columbia:    With the transition to Phase III of BC’s Restart Plan, the Comox Valley Economic Recovery Task Force (ERTF) is pleased to see the steady return of BC residents visiting the Comox Valley, safely.

Phase III permits BC residents to take part in smart, safe and respectful travel within B.C., noting the cautions taken at home need to be applied when travelling.

“The Comox Valley looks forward to continuing to welcome visitors back to explore and enjoy the area responsibly,” said Hegus (Chief) Nicole Rempel, Co-Chair of the ERTF, adding “Tourism is critical to our region’s economy and small businesses, as is the safety and well-being of our residents. Together with our operators, Comox Valley businesses have responded with safety measures and protocols to ensure their staff, guests, visitors and clients can all enjoy the attractions and services of the area.”

Maintaining a healthy status in the Comox Valley this summer is as simple as remembering Dr. Bonnie Henry’s rules:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Keep a distance from others
  • If you are sick or showing symptoms: Stay home, no exceptions

“I have been really impressed with the social distancing and safety protocols I’ve seen implemented in businesses throughout the Comox Valley, in anticipation of the return of visitors and local customers. While our region has seen steady growth in international visitors over the years, the Comox Valley still relies heavily on BC residents. We are well positioned to welcome them safely this summer,” said Mayor Bob Wells, City of Courtenay and Co-Chair of the ERTF.

As everyone heads out to enjoy the Comox Valley’s incredible range of things to do, including the new ZipTour at Mount Washington Alpine Resort or perhaps a Marine Wildlife or Culinary Tour, be sure to follow Dr. Henry’s other rules: Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe.

For information on the Comox Valley’s Know Before You Go messaging to visitors, which includes guidelines from Indigenous Tourism BC, Destination BC and the BC Government’s Guidelines for BC Travel, visit




Media Contacts:

Hegus (Chief) Councillor Nicole Rempel, K’ómoks First Nation
Phone: 250-339-4545

Mayor Bob Wells, City of Courtenay, ERTF Co-Chair
Phone: 250-334-4441



The CVRD initiated the established ERTF to develop and direct implementation of an Economic Development Recovery Plan to mitigate the potential economic impact to local businesses from the COVID-19 pandemic. More information about the establishment of the ERTF and the TAC can be found on