The municipality of Sun Peaks is asking all seasonal residents to stay away during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The resort municipality said it has come to its attention that a few owners and travellers are still coming to Sun Peaks to enjoy their recreation properties — and suggested some may believe the virus is not present, which isn’t the case.
“We know that there were positive tests from Sun Peaks and our medical staff have identified some 20-plus presumptive cases, all healthy individuals who are now recovering in isolation” the municipality said in a release.
A Sun Peaks Resort employee who worked a Sports School instructor until March 16 tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home to Australia on March 24. On March 21, it was reported a doctor in Sun Peaks had tested positive for COVID-19.
Provincial Medical Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has directed people to stay home and eliminate any non-essential travel, particularly to the many small towns that are destinations throughout B.C., as medical services may not be readily available.
The municipality is asking that unless a person’s primary residence is Sun Peaks, they do not travel there, noting first responders and medical facilities are very limited during the pandemic.
“There is no question that travel has been a major contributor to the spread of the coronavirus, so please be part of the solution and not part of the threat,” the municipality stated.