Would-be tourists inside and outside the Columbia-Shuswap region are being asked stay close to home for the Victoria Day long weekend.
This request came from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District on Wednesday, May 13.
“Despite the gradual easing of restrictions, all non-essential travel – even travelling within B.C. – is continuing to be discouraged by medical health officers. The best course of action is to stay close to home,” said Kevin Flynn, chair of the CSRD board.
Flynn emphasized this is not the time to pack up the car or RV for a road trip, or to head for your cabin.
A statement from the regional district said staying home is key to protecting vulnerable people from the COVID-19 virus; less travellers and tourists in the area will also help ensure that medical and other essential services in smaller communities don’t become overwhelmed.
The release noted the province is currently in phase 1 of its reopening plan. Phase 2 will take effect after the long weekend; people are encouraged to stay local until phase 3 begins.
CSRD park trails and boat launches are open, but physical distancing requirements remain in effect. The regional district urges courtesy using these facilities, particularly as there may be more demand for them over the weekend.