Notice to Avoid Travel Outside of Your Home Community

Mar 21, 2020
Affected Communities: 
All Areas

Non-resident property owners within the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District are urged to stay at their primary residence.

The Prime Minister of Canada is urging all Canadians to avoid travel outside of their community in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

This is extremely important in our remote Electoral Areas, where second homeowners may be considering travelling to their vacation homes here, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many of our communities are small, with limited resources, and there are anecdotal reports that an influx of visitors to these areas is already causing a strain on local resources, including healthcare facilities and at essential businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies.

If you have important family or work reasons to travel, you must use your own judgement, but the recommendation is to stay home.

“We understand that this rapidly-changing situation is a challenge for everyone,” said SLRD Chair Tony Rainbow.

"This is an unprecedented time, calling for unprecedented measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our communities,” he said.

"We know that a lot is being asked of all of us at this difficult time, but please remember that we are in this together. We are a region of strong communities, and we must all take the advice of our provincial and federal governments, and health authorities. We must remain calm, even when it is most challenging to do so. The measures taken now are necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. This is extremely important in order to protect and preserve our healthcare and other emergency resources.”

The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District reminds residents that they should remain in their primary community and remain at home where at all possible. Do not travel within Canada, or within the Province of BC.

Please visit for the latest SLRD updates and links to official provincial and federal resources.

Media Contact

Patricia Westerholm
EOC Public Information Officer
Telephone: 604-894-6371 x 244



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