If there is one thing we all can agree on during this COVID-19 Pandemic, it is that we all want to protect ourselves and our families, friends, neighbours and communities from this disease. Of that, there is no doubt.
This has meant uncertainty, discomfort and difficult choices.
It has meant listening to the advice of our leaders, like Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's Provincial Health Officer, and health officers in other provinces across the country, as they advise us to avoid non-essential travel and stay close to home.
And it means keeping our focus on being kind to one another.
As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District continues to stand behind the Provincial recommendations to keep travel as local as possible, and to take this opportunity to become a tourist in your own area – enjoying the best we have to offer right here at home.
We are also ready and eager to welcome our visitors back, when it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, we are also reiterating the important message of empathy towards others who may be present in our communities for a wide variety of reasons.
"We need to put kindness and respect before fear," says Kevin Flynn, Board Chair of the CSRD.
"That works in every situation. It's the best way to get through these times together."
As a region that acknowledges the importance of tourism to our economic livelihood, the CSRD's tourism and economic development partners are already planning vigorously for the next stage of the Province's reopening plan, and looks forward to when we can, once again, share our region with our guests.
Photo: There's a host of wonderful recreational opportunities in the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, like paddling on Gardom Lake. Right now, local residents are encouraged to be tourists in their own areas, while we await welcoming guests when health officials deem it safe. (CSRD photo)