Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your visit to Gwaii Haanas
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. In June and July, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of outdoor areas, some camping services, and some indoor areas at national historic sites.
We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places and areas that are closed.
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
We continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, and avalanche control, among others.
Update for July 30, 2020 - Non-medical masks and face coverings
We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at any Parks Canada place. When you visit a Parks Canada place, you may see signs reminding you that this is what we recommend.
An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.
If a Parks Canada place is within a jurisdiction where wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is mandatory, visitors will be asked to follow this requirement.
The latest information you need to know about your visit to Gwaii Haanas
Gwaii Haanas remains closed to visitors until further notice.
The health and safety of the Haida Gwaii Watchmen, our visitors, and Gwaii Haanas employees are of the utmost importance to the Canada/Haida Nation Gwaii Haanas Archipelago Management Board (AMB). The AMB continues to follow the advice of public health experts and take steps to support the Government of Canada and Council of the Haida Nation’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to everyone in Haida Gwaii.
The decision to keep Gwaii Haanas closed was made with consideration and yahguudang respect of direction from the Haida Nation and local authorities.
Haida traditional use of the area may continue, however Haida citizens are encouraged to consult the Council of the Haida Nation state of emergency measures before travelling to Gwaii Haanas.
While Parks Canada will maintain response capabilities for emergencies within Gwaii Haanas, response times could take longer due to our reduced capacity. By respecting the closure you are helping to reduce strain on rescue services and the emergency management system.
During the closures, key team members will be working remotely to ensure critical operations continue. If you need to reach Gwaii Haanas please email: email@example.com.
Parks Canada is working with local health authories and partners to keep our community informed and safe.
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