Would-be visitors to Shuswap over the long weekend asked to stay home

Regional district follows provincial health officer’s lead in telling citizens to stay put this Easter

Now is not the time to take a long weekend trip.

The Columbia-Shuswap Regional District has echoed the provincial government’s stay-at-home message, given that this is the time of year when many guests and seasonal residents head to the Shuswap to gather with friends and family.

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“The CSRD wishes to reiterate the message from provincial and federal leaders calling on everyone to avoid all non-essential travel and to remain at their primary residence at this time,” the regional districts release states. “B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has requested all citizens forego this type of travel, especially to smaller communities, where additional pressures could be placed on medical and other needed resources.”

The CSRD reminds would-be travellers that staying home is key to protecting vulnerable people from the spread of the COVID-19 virus and ensuring medical services in smaller communities don’t get overwhelmed.

“While we understand the desire for people to come to our beautiful area, now is not the time,” CSRD board chair Kevin Flynn said. “We need to listen to the good advice being provided to all Canadians and stay home. We will be happy to welcome everyone back when it is safe to do so.”

CSRD parks and trails remain open for use, but the regional district is reminding people of physical distancing, especially during the Easter long weekend.

All CSRD playground equipment and vault toilets are closed.

The CSRD website, www.csrd.bc.ca, contains information on any changes to its facilities and services., 

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