It is now mandatory to wear masks on B.C. Ferries (unless remain in your car).
Many grocery stores and retail outlets now require masks to be worn.
Restaurants are offering indoor screens between fixed interior seating, so that social distancing can be achieved...as the weather changes into Fall/Winter, the outdoor patio seating will no longer work.
Large group gatherings are prohibited and Canadians are being encouraged by federal and provincial governments to forego large family get-togethers at Thanksgiving, in mid-October.
Covid protocols were in place over the summer, to allow for smaller versions of the Tuesday Farmers Market and the Saturday Market.
Most events enjoyed in the Fall season (Fall Fair, Sip & Savour, Apple Fest, Christmas on Salt Spring, major craft fairs) were cancelled or reconfigured as virtual events. Meetings of groups and AGMs were online.
Businesses, restaurants, accommodations continue their strict sanitizing measures, and their covid protocols re numbers inside, at any one time.
Schools are open again, locally.
As flu and cold season arrive, at same time as a resurgence in covid, the message remains: wash hands frequently, wear a mask, social distance, keep your contacts small, stay home if not feeling well.
Salt Spring is vigilant about the requirements.
Late June/early July Thoughts...
Yes, itís busying up on Salt Spring as the B.C. governmentís stage 3 for reopenings gets fully underway.
The artisans at the Saturday Market (cancelled this season) are working to get some opportunity to do a version of the famed market...perhaps with limited numbers of presenters and perhaps over two days (Thursday and Friday). This is still at an exploratory stage.
ArtCraft, however, is opening up a version of this annual Arts Council sponsored show, at Mahon Hall.
ArtSpring may also open up their gallery spaces. In Ganges Village, most of the small shops are open. Social distancing, sanitizing, wearing masks are all in evidence. Restaurants are open for sit-down dining and protocols are followed.
Property viewings are happening, also with protocols in place.
Zoom meetings continue...large gatherings are still not allowed.
B.C. Ferries have reinstated cancelled routes and extended sailings schedules. Floatplanes are increasing their scheduled routes.
The border between Canada and the U.S. remains closed, except for essential traffic.
Provincial tourism visits are geared to B.C. residents.
The recovery is purposefully slow and fears of a second wave of the virus continue.
Meantime, it is July. Itís important to enjoy Summerís many pleasures, in a more personal and small group way.