NewsComox Valley Economic Recovery Task Force welcoming the return of BC tourists SHARE ON: Jon Gauthier, staff Tuesday, Jul. 14th, 2020 Courtenay's Downtown on 5th Street( Taken by Jon Gauthier, Vista Radio Staff)As B.C. continues into Phase 3 of its Restart Plan, the Comox Valley Economic Recovery Task Force is welcoming tourists to the valley. Co-chair of the ERTF and Komoks First Nation Hegus (Chief) Nicole Rempel says the valley needs tourism to give ourselves an economic and mental boost.“The Comox Valley looks forward to continuing to welcome visitors back to explore and enjoy the area responsibly.” “Tourism is critical to our region’s economy and small businesses, as is the safety and well-being of our residents.”She explains that while everyone is welcome, it’s important to follow the provincial guidelines to make sure people can keep coming back. “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.”Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells says so far, the valley has done a great job staying safe, adding that he’s looking forward to seeing more people visiting from around the province. “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 Wells.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 DiscoverComoxValley.com.