How to Safely Host Friends and Family During COVID-19

How to safely host friends and family during COVID-19

As we all travel closer to home this year you may find friends and family coming to town from near and far as they explore their backyard. Keeping them and yourself comfortable as they explore the North Shore will be essential to be a good host and a good member of the community. 

Prepare yourself for visits from loved ones with these tips and tricks.

Refer to the COVID-19 Traveller Update and guidelines from the government before travelling. 

1. Stay at a Hotel

Seaside Hotel Superior Suite

Booking your visitors into a hotel gives you all some extra space during their visit while keeping them close by in a safe and comfortable location. Vancouver’s North Shore hotels have implemented enhanced cleaning measures and safe check-in and dining options. 

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2. Be Prepared with PPE

Many attractions and businesses on the North Shore request face-coverings in public indoor areas and Translink public transport like the Seabus require face-coverings while riding. As a good host, you can pull together a kit of masks and hand sanitizer for your guest’s arrival to make sure they feel safe and you help protect your community. 

When you book a staycation package with select North Shore hotels you receive a free welcome safety pack including a Vancouver’s North Shore bag, masks, and hand sanitizer. Book a staycation package.


3. Pre-Book Attractions & Experiences

Couple wearing ziplining equipment

Your favourite North Shore attractions and experiences are open again and ready to safely welcome you and your guests back during your visit. To keep visitors safe many attractions and experiences are asking you to reserve your tickets and timed visitation online before your visit. 

As you plan your itinerary, book tickets and call ahead to find out current reservation expectations. 


4. Shop Local, Safely

Couple shopping in a market

Shopping while on vacation is always a lot of fun. Whether you are looking for gifts, preparing for the holidays, or just getting to know the local retail landscape there are a number of small boutiques and shopping malls who will have what you need. Shopping centres like Park Royal and Lonsdale Quay Market have increased the frequency and extent of sanitization while small businesses are limiting numbers in-store, providing one-way aisles, and offering curbside pick-ups. 

Encourage visitors to support local businesses during their stay and plan your shopping trips in advance so everyone feels comfortable. Check out shopping on Vancouver’s North Shore.


5. Eat Out

Friends drinking beer on patio

North Shore restaurants offer a variety of flavours from Indigenous foods to Persian dishes, sushi, bakeries and more. Many restaurants are delivering their menus so you can eat outside or enjoy one of the pop-up dining locations or alcohol-approved areas like those in the City of North Vancouver. The North Shore has always been home to a number of awesome patios built for all weathers if you want to sit in the sun or fireside! 


6. Socialize, Outside

Two women hiking in forest

Outdoor activities are a great way to explore and enjoy your time with friends and family while staying socially distant. Lucky for you the North Shore is home to a wealth of outdoor activities that you can show off: explore Grouse Mountain, take the Public Art Trail, guide them around North Shore neighbourhoods, ride the North Shore Spirit Trail, and hike and walk in parks and conservation areas


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