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Go ahead and book a B.C. vacation this year, but Premier Horgan says no guarantees

In this file photo, B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks to reporters May 27, 2020.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Province of B.C.
June 03, 2020 - 2:44 PM

COVID-19 restrictions are likely to be eased further in mid-June, Premier John Horgan said during his daily press briefing today, June 3.

That could include the launch of a campaign to encourage British Columbians to travel throughout the province. But his comments also carried a cautionary note.

“If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C. they certainly can do that now but there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. “We need to follow this very closely. We have had success in B.C. because people have done this together. Though I absolutely understand that people want to go and move around and I absolutely understand tourism operators want to see that happen.

“But, it wasn’t that long ago that leaders in tourism-dependent communities were saying ‘stay home.’ So, we can’t lose sight of the road we’ve travelled. We’ve all worked hard to get here and we can’t just flick a switch and get back to normal. It has to be gradual.”

He said there would be no easing of restrictions on a regional basis and stressed that would not be of any use to international travellers, who are not likely to come any time soon.

In response to questions from media, Horgan said it’s crucial to the opening up of the economy to have suitable child care and that probably means more child care spaces in schools when they re-open in the fall.

He also stressed the importance of British Columbians continuing to protest and support the Black Lives Matter movement and other anti-racism gatherings not only in a peaceful manner but also to maintain safe distancing.


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