Health, Safety, and Hospitality

A note on COVID-19: Wine Growers British Columbia (WGBC) supports the BC governments efforts to maintain public health and safety. We work collaboratively with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Provincial and Federal ministries, Wine Growers Canada, Destination Canada, Destination BC, and other industry stakeholders and partners to assess current and potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our wine, food, and tourism industry, and to produce resources and communications helpful to our industry.

For the latest WGBC messaging to wine tourists in British Columbia, visit


Wearing masks in public indoor settings is not required by public health. Wearing a mask is a personal choice. Masks are encouraged, but not required, when travelling by air, train, public transit or BC Ferries.

Individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue requiring masks on their premises. It’s important that we respect the choices of people, businesses and one another.

There are no restrictions on personal gatherings or organized gatherings and events like weddings.

There are no restrictions at restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs.

The Province has created a dedicated phone service to provide British Columbians with non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing. Information is available in more than 110 languages, seven days a week between 7:30 am-8 pm, at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 1-888-268-4319.

COVID-19 Immunization Plan and Information

Ready to Reopen 3.0

Wine Growers British Columbia Ready to Reopen 3.0 Toolkit*

These WGBC resources (released July, 2021) are available to industry to assist in the continued prioritization of guest and staff health and safety.

*these tools are living documents as of June 1, 2021

Growth and Innovation Through Global Challenges:
The Economic Impact of the Wine and Grape Industry in Canada (2019-2020) by Robert Eyler, Economic Forensics and Analytics

What you need to know

The following links to official and trusted sources provide regular updates on the current COVID-19 situation and provide industry-specific information.

go2HR COVID-19 Resources
BSAFE Online Health and Safety Training Program

Key Links – BC Centre for Disease Control
Latest COVID-19 Information
Food Businesses
Employers & Businesses 

Non-medical information about COVID-19 is available 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM, 7 days a week at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319)

Who to follow online

Follow Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, on Twitter: @CPHO_Canada

Follow BC CDC on Twitter for regular updates: @CDCofBC

Hashtag: #COVID19BC #COVID19Canada #COVID19

Social responsibility social media graphics for WGBC members

BC wineries support the responsible enjoyment of BC VQA Wine. In securing the health of our communities during COVID-19, and in co-operation with messages shared by Wine Growers Canada, we now have BC Wine education graphics to ensure a responsible moderation message is received. Education graphics are available here.