In case you are an Albertan at present staying at a vacation dwelling you personal in Fernie, B.C. that is positive, says the native mayor, so long as you do not travel.
On Thursday, B.C.’s Provincial Well being Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry introduced in depth new restrictions and proposals aimed toward controlling the unfold of COVID-19, together with advising in opposition to non-essential journey out and in of B.C.
For many individuals dwelling alongside the B.C and Alberta border, shifting backwards and forwards between the 2 provinces will be the norm for an entire host of causes — medical appointments, work, procuring — and now, native mayors are reminding residents the present state of affairs is something however regular.
“If we do not do the fitting factor now, fairly frankly none of us are going to get again to it in January,’ mentioned Fernie Mayor Ange Qualizza in an interview Friday on CBC’s Calgary Eyeopener.
“Winter is ours to lose,” she mentioned, quoting the title of a latest Fernie Chamber of Commerce consciousness marketing campaign.
Fernie Alpine Ski Resort bought extra season’s passes this yr than any yr earlier than, mentioned the town’s mayor. The group is a second dwelling to many out of province travellers through the ski season. (Fernie BC/YouTube)
She mentioned the native ski resort has already bought extra seasons passes than ever earlier than and he or she is hopeful that if everybody hunkers down now, winter actions can proceed and folks and companies will see the advantages.
Fernie, a few 30 minute drive west of the Alberta border, is frequented by many Calgarians, regionally known as ‘Califernians’, who spend ample time locally through the winter ski season.
Qualizza says these owners are welcome members of the group who spend many months there and are a part of the material of the town. She doesn’t have issues about Albertans who determined to shelter of their Fernie properties, however doesn’t need to see a stream of crimson and white licence plates coming into city now.
“In case you are already right here as a Califernian after all it’s best to keep right here since you’ve been right here all alongside,” mentioned Qualizza, including Albertans with pending journey plans to B.C. must push the pause button.
“If we actually buckle in for the subsequent 14, 21 days, we will head into a beautiful ski season, a beautiful winter exercise season,” she mentioned.
Many individuals in Dawson Creek, B.C., journey often to Grande Prairie, Alta., for important and non-essential causes. (Justin McElroy/CBC)
Additional north, in Dawson Creek, B.C., Mayor Dale Bumstead mentioned residents had been comparatively unscathed by the virus within the spring however that has modified with this second wave and folks must be vigilant about hygiene and social distancing
To be consistent with Henry’s needs, residents should additionally curb non-essential journey to Alberta regardless of Grande Prairie, Alta., being a go-to metropolis for a lot of.
However Dawson Creek has had a tough time recruiting well being care employees and the mayor is frightened about straining present sources.
‘It is the capability inside our healthcare system that all of us must be involved about,” he mentioned.
Henry’s new restrictions apply to everybody dwelling anyplace within the province. They got here into impact on Nov. 19 at midnight and stay in impact till Dec. 7 at midnight.
Individuals who commute or must journey for work can proceed doing so.
Faucet right here to take heed to the Nov. 20 interview with Dale Bumstead on Dawn North.
Faucet right here to take heed to the Nov. 20 episode of Calgary Eyeopener together with an interview with Ange Qualizza.