The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and Tourism Whistler is reminding visitors that “COVID-19 is not on vacation, even if they are.”
The municipality is encouraging everyone that visits to take proper safety precautions. To date, a number of measures have been implemented throughout the resort such as signage, hand sanitation stations, divided walkways for pedestrians, and encouraging visitors to wear masks whenever physical distancing isn’t possible.
Whistler’s mayor says that while he’s happy to have visitors back, the safety is the municipality’s first priority.
“We want to do as much as we can to encourage visitors and residents to remain vigilant when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “We are thrilled to have visitors back in our community enjoying what Whistler has to offer but safety remains our highest priority.”
Crompton adds that businesses are also being asked to ensure that their safety measures are visible for any customers.
“Visible safety measures are not only critical to our health and economy but they build confidence that Whistler is taking the threat of COVID-19 very seriously and working hard to ensure everyone’s safety,” he says.
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The resort says that they’ve added large posters at the entrance of the village to “remind everyone that the COVID-19 virus can be all around us.”
In addition to reminders to practice physical distancing, hand washing, and remaining home if sick, it also includes suggestions on how visitors can enjoy Whistler while following Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s travel manners.
Barrett Fisher, Tourism Whistler president and CEO, stresses that while “tourism is Whistler’s lifeblood… the safety of visitors and residents comes first.”