The May long weekend typically signals the unofficial start to summer within the Squamish-
Lillooet Regional District as our communities welcome visitors to our bike and hiking trails, golf
courses, mountains, parks, rivers and lakes.
For a second year in a row, however, the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing all of us to revisit our
travel plans, to delay our “start” to summer, and to hold off on gathering in groups, within our
communities and beyond.
Provincial Health Orders aimed at stopping the transmission of COVID-19 remain in place until
at least May 25, 2021.
This means that travel is limited to essential travel only, and that fines can be given to people
who leave their region for non-essential travel. No indoor social gatherings of any size are
permitted within our homes, with anyone other than our household, or if you live alone, your
core bubble. Up to 10 people can gather outdoors but we should not be gathering in groups of
new people. We need to stick to the same people, continue to use the COVID-19 layers of
protection and maintain physical distancing.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel – the number of new cases is going down, and the
number of vaccinations is going up, with anyone over the age of 18 now able to book an
appointment in BC.
But this progress does not give us a pass – we are not there yet.
Yes, we are bending the curve in the right direction – now seeing fewer than new 500 cases
each day in BC, but the numbers are still too high. There are too many new cases, too many
people in hospital and too many people in critical care. And, sadly, people are still dying from
This upcoming long weekend, please stay local, stay small and stay safe.
One thing I would ask you to consider, if you haven’t already done so, is to contribute to the
Feed the Need fundraising campaign (https://www.sscs.ca/feed-the-need/) for our local food
banks. From Squamish to Lillooet, all food banks in the region have seen a significant increase
in demand. And as the pandemic wears on, the need is greater than ever.
Chair, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District