With above average temperatures in the forecast this weekend, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is reminding residents that we must continue to follow the advice of provincial health authorities which means physical distancing measures are still mandatory.
“The message from our premier, provincial health officer and our minister of health has been very clear that we need to remain one hundred per cent committed to making sure the curve of COVID-19 remains flat,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “Now is not the time to relax and undo the work we’ve done. This means that in spite of warm, sunny weather, we need to stick to going outside with only our household members and continue to practice physical distancing.”
The province of British Columbia announced its phased re-start plan this week but made it clear that we are still in Phase 1 of that plan. This means closures are still in effect and we should continue to limit our contacts to immediate household members.
Whistler’s parks, including the parking lots, playgrounds, beaches, docks and gathering areas remain closed. Gatherings of any size, including gatherings of household members, are still not permitted in Whistler’s parks.
Residents are encouraged to get out on the Valley Trail with their household members while following guidelines on physical distancing. These include;
- Remain 2 metres (6 feet) apart from others.
- No groups.
- When passing users travelling the same direction: Wait until you have at least 2m of space to pass.
- When passing users going in the opposite direction, Move to the far right of trail, walk single file.
- Leash your dog(s).
- Avoid the Valley Trail during busy periods.
Residents are also encouraged to exercise on Whistler’s off-road recreational trails, but not congregate. Residents are asked to stick to trails in Whistler and not travel to trails in other communities. Please ride or walk to all trailheads and Valley Trail access points rather than driving.
We are all in charge of managing our own 2 metres (6 feet) of physical distancing space. If you feel someone is too close to you when out in public, create your own distance.
“Please be respectful of our Bylaw staff and RMOW information ambassadors who are doing their jobs and reminding us all about the need to practice physical distancing,” said Crompton. “As Dr. Bonnie Henry emphasizes, we are at the end of the beginning of this pandemic but keeping the curve flat is in all our hands. We still have a long way to go. All of us need to be kind, be calm and be safe.”
For the latest information on COVID-19 visit:
BC Centre for Disease Control www.bccdc.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada www.canada.ca/coronavirus
Vancouver Coastal Health www.vch.ca