If you had planned on travelling in and around B.C. this summer you may want to head back to the drawing board. Tourism officials in B.C. have now asked people to stay home and avoid non-essential travel until further notice. B.C. travel restrictions might make this summer look a little different than normal but officials are optimistic that we can have an enjoyable summer nonetheless. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to change both their business and personal plans.

Many of us have been planning our summer vacations well in advance but because of everything, B.C. officials are urging us to rethink those plans. 

Destination British Columbia's COVID-19 Messaging Guide for the B.C. Tourism Industry explains that everyone is being asked to stay home and only travel if it is essential. 

In addition, their website says "We know this is a very difficult time for our tourism industry, and that COVID-19 is top of mind for travellers and businesses globally.”

“There is a lot of uncertainty around what our world will look like next month, next week, and even tomorrow; we want to assure you that we are all in this together.”

In the COVID-19 response messaging put forth by Destination BC, it explains that everyone should help in flattening the curve by staying at home. 

But this doesn’t mean that summer is cancelled altogether. In the same statement, Destination BC writes that now is the time to introduce creative ways for people to explore the province from home in a virtual setting. 

This could be done by taking a virtual walk among blooming cherry blossom trees or sipping on wine at home and doing a virtual wine tasting. 

As part of the order issued by B.C.'s provincial health officer on March 16, gatherings larger than 50 people are officially prohibited until further notice. This includes both indoor and outdoor events. 

RV parks and campsites, on the other hand, are considered essential services because they provide a safe place to self-isolate or quarantine should you live in an RV full time. 

Destination BC has clarified that this isn't meant for people looking to go camping or visit communities. 

“Destination BC is following the direction of the Ministry of Health to help do our part in flattening the curve of COVID-19 in BC, and we are collectively asking everyone to please stay home and follow the advice of health authorities to keep themselves and others safe,” explains that FAQ page

It's not just B.C. that is making changes in efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve. Calgary has had to cancel over 160 events from now until September. 

Much like B.C., the Calgary mayor is asking everyone to stay home in an attempt to help flatten the curve. 

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