July is seeing significant reopenings.
Vaccinations (both first and second doses) are strongly underway.
The federal and provincial governments are now suggesting reopening the U.S.-Canada border in mid-August, to fully vaccinated U.S. travelers.
This will allow, if so, U.S. property owners in Canada to visit their homes...most have not seen their Canadian properties since Fall, 2019.
It will also allow vaccinated Canadian “snowbirds” to make plans to visit their sunbelt holiday properties.
Some businesses have not been able to hold out and have permanently closed. Others are still working to survive. In secondary home areas, that “shop local” mantra is essential.
Good hygiene remains important. There are still covid variants out there...social distancing and hand washing remain prudent things to do.
Some events are now taking place and others remain online or are closed for a second season.
Maybe that’s the “new normal” for the next few months...a mix of shut-down and re-open.
We need to remain aware and at the same time need to have the confidence to go forward. Nothing happens in a vacuum.
August promises further re-openings, including international travel restrictions being lifted. Stay tuned....
Mid-June 2021 Update:
Open sesame? The magic command...and suddenly the doors open on lifted restrictions.
Part two of the provincial government’s reopening plan is to allow travel within B.C. One will not have to remain in one’s health jurisdiction.
This has been a long awaited outcome for tourism businesses throughout B.C.
Resort hotels, B&Bs, markets, art events, live music gigs, theatre...ahh...entertainment features return. Did someone say wedding? There will be restrictions on numbers, but every step forward is a good one.
Between now and the end of June, all four parts of the B.C. reopening plan will be in play, and inter-provincial travel will be in place by early July.