May 2021 Update:|
The increase in covid outbreaks in April resulted in further government restrictions. Another “stay local/don’t travel” edict is in place...until after the Victoria Day holiday weekend (May 25).
One is not meant to travel out of one’s health district.
Ferry travel is only for essential services.
Indoor dining in restaurants is once again cancelled. Take-out and patio dining is allowed. The weather at this time of year is sometimes good for al fresco dining, but usually not.
The message from the government: continue to stay local, keep to your small bubble.
Vaccinations slowly proceed.
Most of the annual large gathering events have been cancelled for a second year. The Canada-U.S. border remains closed.
On the 25th, will things reopen? Tourism is a major entity...it adds up to more business outcomes than any other commercial activity. All visitor-centric places are awaiting messaging about the summer season.
April 2021 Update.
Dr. Bonny Henry, and the provincial government Premier, John Horgan, closed B.C. again, due to an escalation of covid-19 cases.
At midnight on March 29, B.C. closed indoor dining, cancelled gatherings, and asked people to remain in their small “bubbles”.
Restaurants are required to return to take-out and to patio dining/socially distanced. Whistler, a destination venue with strong visitor allure, is closed.
So important in places like Salt Spring and the Gulf Islands to support local...to take out...to patio dine. Focus on May for future pleasures...right now, it’s essential to support and to maintain our business community.