No, please don’t travel around BC right now.
Now is not the time to be travelling for leisure anywhere in BC, especially locals who live here.
Stay at homE
BC’s health authorities (Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix) have ordered us to stay at home. They are saying that now is not the time to be travelling or exploring anywhere. Please heed this advice.
There still appears to be a misunderstanding about “stay at home”, that it’s a message for international tourists or that it means we can still travel around for fun. It doesn’t. Stay at home means Canadian locals must stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Essential Travel Only
Yes, we’re not locked in our houses. We have the freedom to leave our houses for essential travel, such as going to the grocery store or to a doctor’s appointment, and when we do so, we need to physically distance ourselves from others. But essential travel doesn’t mean leisure travel.
Go outside, but stay local
Yes, we can go outside and get exercise, but do so locally. Walk around the block. Enjoy some fresh air in the yard or on the balcony. Walk up the street and back and physically distance yourself while doing so. We shouldn’t be exploring beyond our neighbourhoods at all during this pandemic, unless absolutely necessary.
Don’t leave your neighbourhood
Right now is not the time leave your neighbourhood to take a leisure road trip or hiking trip or camping trip or fishing trip anywhere in BC. This pandemic is not the time to visit your second home, take a pleasure cruise on your boat, hide away in a rented or owned cabin, or spend weekends exploring places beyond your home town. It’s too dangerous, especially for BC’s smaller communities to have visitors passing through right now. Please respect them. Nobody knows who’s infected and it can take 14 days before symptoms start to appear. Travelling, even just to another community nearby, spreads the virus. This is what we’re trying to stop.
Respect small communities
Travelling to remote BC communities and to Indigenous communities is putting them at risk. It puts an unnecessary strain on their already-limited grocery supplies and their medical resources; many don’t have the infrastructure or hospital beds or even enough doctors to handle an outbreak. Many of BC’s smaller communities have bigger populations of senior citizens who are most at risk. In Italy, when people from the cities left to the wilderness, they took the virus – unbeknownst to them – with them, infecting the smaller towns and villages along the way. Let’s not let that happen here.
Stay home and stay safe
Needless to say, I’m staying put and not going anywhere. I encourage everybody to do the same and to share this message to your friends and family so that we can get through this quick and safely.
Please, stay at home in your community right now until this pandemic is over.