Health ministers on both sides of the B.C., Alberta border are asking would-be travellers to refrain from visiting their respective provinces over the coming Easter long weekend due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many of us have family and friends on both sides of the border and enjoy visiting each other's province and a typical long weekend is something we look forward to throughout the year. This long weekend is different,” B.C. Minister of Health Adrian Dix and Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro said in a joint statement
“A global pandemic puts us all at risk — and we all must stay home, stay in our communities and stay at a safe physical distance from others when outside.”
The ministers said staying home means no travelling — especially across provincial borders — and people are encourages to find ways to connect virtually over the long weekend, including by video chat or with phone calls. They also thanked the many faith leaders who have found innovative ways to virtually celebrate holidays.
"Please continue to make every effort to protect loved ones, our elders and our health-care workers,” the ministers said. ”Now, more than ever, we need you to keep it up."
At a press conference on Thursday, Dix said now is not the time for Albertans or British Columbians to be visiting second homes or cottages in their neighbouring province.
“This is not the time for that,” Dix said.