Pandemic recovery enters Phase lll cautiously
Phase III of the pandemic recovery is a green light for travel around BC … make that a cautious yellow for seniors and other vulnerable citizens.
BC’s tourism sector is eager to make you welcome, just make sure your destination community supports local tourism. And, follow Dr. Bonnie’s travel manners guide.
Many smaller communities and tribal councils are asking travellers from outside their communities to stay away, minimizing the threat of COVID-19 transmission and impact on local medical resources.
The provincial government’s release is reminding anyone planning to travel outside of their community to “respect any local travel advisories to isolated and remote communities.”
There might even be the odd roadblock. The Nuu-cha-nulth have support from Heiltsuk and Tsilhqot’in for their plans to restrict entry to West Vancouver Island communities such as Tofino and Ucluelet.
If you are planning a trip, you will want to do your research. Know what community restrictions or requests may be in place. Do your best to make reservations ahead for resorts, hotels, spas and parks or risk discovering that accommodations and amenities are limited or still closed.
If possible take your groceries with you; know where you can fuel up; and, plan to remain within your “bubble” while you are travelling and visiting communities. Social distancing and hygiene practices are still essential.
The Phase III announcement includes a BC Travel Information page with links to ferries, highways information, travel alerts, etc.
Travel to other provinces is discouraged although being quarantined is not a requirement for interprovincial travel. Saskatchewan has a list of communities in the north where travellers are restricted while the Atlantic provinces have formed their own travel bubble.