September 4, 2020
While summer doesn’t officially end until the first day of fall on September 22, 2020, this upcoming weekend, with the Labour Day statutory holiday on Monday, typically signals the end of summer for many.
It’s that last long weekend before the school year begins and many families take to the open road to get in that one last vacation weekend before sinking back into the reality of routine.
But this summer, of course, is different. Labour Day weekend still marks the unofficial end to summer, many students will still head back to class next week, and families will settle in to the fall and the routines that come with it. But we continue to live in the midst of a global pandemic, with COVID-19 in the driver’s seat.
While the temptation is likely greater than ever to get out on this last long weekend of the summer, as the number of new COVID 19 cases in BC continues to rise, along with hospitalizations, and the test positivity rate, we must all recommit to doing our part to bring that curve back down.
Our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, warned us this week that B.C. is on a precipice, coming dangerously close to a surge in COVID-19 cases. The encouraging news is that there is still time to reverse this trend. More than 6,000 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in B.C. Currently there are more than 1,000 active cases and many people in self-isolation because they’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
This does not have to be our ongoing reality.
On this weekend, as we send off the summer, let’s all recommit to doing what we need to do, to get back to our smaller bubbles, to practice the measures of hand washing, physical distancing and wearing a mask. If you’re ill, stay home.
Above all else, try to not be too quick to judge. As we each grapple with our own realities of life during a pandemic, making decisions as we go that are best for us and our families, we can’t begin to know the individual situation of all.
In the words of Dr. Henry, be kind, be calm and be safe.
Chair, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District