COVID-19 Updates

Service Update: September 1, 2020

General COVID-19 Protocols at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

  1. We ask that you maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet between yourself, staff and other guests during your visit. You will notice markers and signage on our floors.
  2. We have increased the number of hand hygiene stations available for your use. We ask that you use them frequently.
  3. Canadian Public Health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face covering for all Canadians. You will notice our staff wearing masks during your visit, and we ask that you do the same unless you are sitting to taste wine or to dine in the Sonora Room Restaurant. 
  4. Washrooms and other high touch areas & surfaces will be sanitized frequently throughout each day.
  5. We have installed “traffic” arrows to indicate traffic flow, as well as social distancing circles, on the floor.
  6. We have installed plexiglass “sneeze-guards” at the front desk, and in our Wine Shop.
  7. Our staff has committed to a culture of health and safety and will not come to work if feeling ill and/or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  8. Please do not visit if you have traveled outside of Canada within the past 14 days. 
  9. Please do not visit if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 including but not limited to fever, dry cough, sore throat & tiredness. We look forward to seeing you when you feel better.

The Wine Shop – 

We are open 7 days a week between 10am – 6 pm.  Tastings are by appointment.

In addition to the General protocols listed above:

  1. Wine tastings are $5 per person to taste 5 current vintage wines, with proceeds going to support the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society.
  2. Tastings are by appointment. To make an appointment or go online to
  3. Maximum of 21 guests are permitted in the Wine Shop at any given time, to ensure optimal physical distancing between guests. This number includes children, as well as anyone in the shop who is not tasting wine.
  4. We will be collecting the name and number of 1 person in each group for Interior Health Region’s contact tracing protocol.
  5. We have installed “traffic” arrows to indicate flow within the Shop, as well as social distancing circles, on the floor.

The Sonora Room Restaurant –

The Sonora Room is open for Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week until October 18th. Take-out with curbside pick-up is also available.

In addition to the General protocols above:

  1. Reservations are required to avoid disappointment, as we are operating at 50% of our normal occupancy. Visit
  2. Maximum of 24 guests are permitted inside the Sonora Room Restaurant, with 32 outside on the patio (weather permitting), to ensure optimal physical distancing.
  3. We will be collecting the name and number of 1 person in each group for Interior Health Region’s contact tracing protocol.
  4. We have adjusted our service protocols to limit server contact with guests. Water, wine, and other beverages will be left for you and your guests to pour as desired, and meals will be set down on an extra table for you to pass among your group.
  5. We have increased the number of hand hygiene stations. Please use them frequently.

The Guest House – 

In addition to the General protocols above:

  1. Guest House check in time is 4:30 pm, and check out time is 10:30 am.
    • This is due to the extended time it will take to fully clean and sanitize guest rooms between guests, under the BC Hotel Association’s recommended COVID-19 sanitization protocols.
  2. Housekeeping staff will NOT enter your room during your stay for any reason including tidies, and/or housekeeping. If you would like extra towels, linens, supplies or toiletries, please call our front desk at extension 500, and these will be delivered to the tray outside your door.
  3. Breakfast will be delivered to you for in-room dining each morning. You will be asked to make your breakfast selection upon check in.
  4. High-touch surfaces such as door knobs, railings, counter tops, etc. will be sanitized regularly during your stay.
  5. Our hot tub will be closed for the remainder of 2020.
  6. The outdoor pool is open between the hours of 7:00 am and 10:00 pm until Thanksgiving – weather permitting. Pool deck chairs have been situated with a minimum 6 feet distance between chairs and we ask that you refrain from moving them. When you leave the pool deck, please be sure to take all possessions including pool towels with you to the Guest House. Used green pool towels can be deposited into the bins at the pool deck entrance.

 Shop Online – Always Open!

  1. Click here for current availability.
  2. Please note that courier companies are experiencing high demand. As a result, wine delivery may be delayed by 2 – 4 business days

Call us at 1-877-498-0620 x 1 for more information, check our Facebook page daily, and check back to this page which will be updated when the COVID-19 situation changes. Thank you to all of our guests and staff for your ongoing support, and for your understanding during these unprecedented times.


The Wisdom of Dr. Bonnie Henry

  1. We may have to live with COVID-19 for months or years. Let’s not deny it or panic. Let’s not make our lives useless. Let’s learn to live with this fact.
  2. You can’t destroy COVID-19 viruses that have penetrated cell walls, by drinking gallons of hot water you’ll just go to the bathroom more often.
  3. Washing hands and maintaining a two-meter physical distance is the best method for your protection.
  4. If you don’t have a COVID-19 patient at home, there’s no need to disinfect the surfaces at your house.
  5. Packaged cargo, gas pumps, shopping carts and ATMs do not cause infection. If you wash your hands, live your life as usual.
  6. COVID-19 is not a food infection. It is associated with drops of infection like the ‘flu. There is no demonstrated risk that COVID-19 is transmitted by food.
  7. You can lose your sense of smell with a lot of allergies and viral infections. This is only a non-specific symptom of COVID-19.
  8. Once at home, you don’t need to change your clothes urgently and go shower! Purity is a virtue, paranoia is not!
  9. The COVID-19 virus doesn’t hang in the air for long. This is a respiratory droplet infection that requires close contact.
  10. The air is clean, you can walk through the gardens and through parks (just keeping your physical protection distance).
  11. It is sufficient to use normal soap against COVID-19, not antibacterial soap. This is a virus, not a bacteria.
  12. You don’t have to worry about your food orders. But you can heat it all up in the microwave, if you wish.
  13. The chances of bringing COVID-19 home with your shoes is like being struck by lightning twice in a day. I’ve been working against viruses for 20 years — drop infections don’t spread like that!
  14. You can’t be protected from the virus by taking vinegar, sugarcane juice and ginger! These are for immunity not a cure.
  15. Wearing a mask for long periods interferes with your breathing and oxygen levels. Wear it only in crowds.
  16. Wearing gloves is also a bad idea; the virus can accumulate into the glove and be easily transmitted if you touch your face. Better just to wash your hands regularly. Immunity is greatly weakened by always staying in a sterile environment. Even if you eat immune boosting foods, please go out of your house regularly to any park/beach. Immunity is increased by EXPOSURE TO PATHOGENS, not by sitting at home and consuming fried/ spicy/sugary food and aerated drinks.

Be smart and stay informed!  Live life sensibly and to the fullest.
Be Kind, Be Calm and Be Safe!

Dr. Bonnie Henry