Staycation don’t vacation this long-weekend, says Columbia Shuswap Regional District

"We appreciate all the people who, like us, think our region is terrific and want to visit. Telling people to stay away is a very difficult decision"

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The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is asking people to avoid non-essential travel to the area over the May long weekend. Photo: CSRD/Facebook

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry recently announced she expects Phase 2 of B.C.’s restart plan will go ahead next week. Phase 2, which is expected to begin after the May long weekend, will see social gatherings of up to six people, along with some non-essential businesses being allowed to re-open with restrictions in place.

As the May 16 to 18 long weekend approaches, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District is asking people to consider a staycation rather than a vacation. Here is what the CSRD had to say about travel this coming weekend:

While it may be tempting to take a trip to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) this Victoria Day long weekend, the CSRD wishes to reiterate that everyone should avoid non-essential travel.

“Despite the gradual easing of restrictions, all non-essential travel – even travelling within BC – is continuing to be discouraged by medical health officers. The best course of action is to stay close to home,” said Kevin Flynn, Board Chair of the CSRD. “This is not the time to pack up the car or RV for a road trip or to head for your cabin. This is the time to stay local and check out all the great things about your home community.”

Staying home is key to protecting vulnerable people from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It also helps ensure medical and other essential services in smaller communities do not become overwhelmed.

“We appreciate all the people who, like us, think our region is terrific and want to visit. Telling people to stay away is a very difficult decision,” said Flynn. “But we do not want to jeopardize the effectiveness of the sacrifices we have all made over the past two months. If we can stay on track, people will be able to explore our region sooner rather than later.”

While CSRD parks, trails and boat launches remain open for use by residents at this time, physical distancing requirements continue to apply. Citizens are asked to be respectful of distancing measures, especially when more people may be wanting to use these amenities on the weekend. Using these facilities in a kind, courteous manner will allow everyone to remain as safe as possible.