The province is entering the third phase of its restart plan, Premier John Horgan said Wednesday, which means hotels, resorts, parks, and entertainment venues such as movie theatres will all be able to reopen. However, Premier Horgan emphasized the need to move ahead cautiously.
"This is not a return to normal. We need to remember we are not leaving COVID-19 behind."
The premier and public health officials say pandemic precautions remain key: frequent handwashing, physical distancing and – when that is not possible – wearing a mask, and staying home if sick or showing any signs of illness.
“The curve has flattened but it has not flat-lined," said FNHA acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shannon McDonald, emphasizing that cautionary measures must continue. “We must continue to do this for the sake of the most vulnerable among us, especially our Elders, our language speakers and our Knowledge Holders."
Dr. McDonald made her comments Friday at a joint news conference with Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, who called on people to respect the communities they plan to visit during what she called “this unique summer." Many communities are concerned about receiving tourists, including some First Nations communities.
“Communities need to do what's right for them at the pace that's right for them," said Dr. Henry.
“Some communities will choose not to welcome guests," said Dr. McDonald. “They are self-determining and they can make those choices."