Long Weekend 2020 will be unlike any other

As we head into the Victoria Day long weekend, we can’t predict if the weather will be warm and sunny, cold and rainy, or a bit of both.
 
But we can predict that this May long will be different than any other kick-off to summer we’ve been through. A lot of our treasured activities – getting a big group together for a BBQ, travelling a long way to see friends, and overnight camping in our provincial parks – just aren’t part of this coming weekend. Restrictions that have been in place are still in place.
 
We need to stay safe this weekend by keeping up our physical distancing, by washing our hands, and by avoiding crowds. When we do that, we make sure we’re able to move into what’s being called Phase 2 so we can keep flattening the curve and keep opening things up.
 
This long weekend is really the transition to the next stage and into recovery for our local business operators, local families, and for the wider economy. After this weekend, we can expect to see a wider variety of operations reopening, such as dentists and physiotherapists, hair salons and barbers, offices, and even restaurants, cafes, and pubs.
In every case, it will be a new normal, with physical distancing and safety measures required to get the doors open and people inside safely. What’s opening, when, and why is all mapped out in the Restart BC Plan, which you can link to from my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MikeBernierBC.
 
I’ve talked to a lot of local employers who will be spending this week and part of the weekend getting ready for the reopening – setting up to welcome back customers and reclaim just a bit of normal.
 
All of us have another opportunity to help the recovery by shopping local. The Dawson Creek Business Resilience Team, which I’m part of, made the call last week to help boost the local reopening by spending at local stores. For those who can, getting out to support a local restaurant take out, grocery store, or retailer is going to help make our businesses strong again. That will make our communities stronger. Together, let’s use this weekend to celebrate the incredible efforts that have gone into flattening the curve, and the exciting times ahead we’re going to reach by working together.
 
If you have any ideas or questions, please contact me through my office at mike.bernier.MLA@leg.bc.ca, through my Facebook page at MikeBernierBC, at (250) 782-3430, or 1 (855) 582-3430.
 
For the most up-to-date non-medical information, including the latest travel restrictions, and provincial and federal programs, call 1 888 COVID-19 or visit www.gov.bc.ca/COVID19.
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