Do you travel or do you stay home?
It’s that time of year when seasonal residents start to think about coming out to their lake property. Both the Provincial government and the CSRD are encouraging people to restrict travel if at all possible, as social distancing seems to be the only really effective method of limiting the pandemic. With this in mind, here are a few ideas:
♦ If you decide to come to the lake, please use common sense about contact with local communities. Finding open restrooms enroute may be a challenge.
♦ Be aware of what the various levels of government are saying about the pandemic. You can social distance here, but if you get sick you may need care here rather than at home.
♦ The First Responders programs are not operating during the pandemic. These are the folks who are the first on scene of medical emergencies in many parts of the Shuswap. See: https://www.saobserver.net/news/south-shuswap-first-responders-to-stop-taking-calls-amid-covid-19-concerns/
♦ This means that the only responders to medical situations are the Ambulance Services based out of major centres like Salmon Arm, Sicamous and Chase. Response times from these centres could be on the order of an hour or more in some of the more remote areas around the lake.
♦ Be aware of water levels on the lake via the SWOA website or https://www.shuswaplakewatch.com/. CSRD has already indicated that sand will be available if needed in strategic places. Flooding could further limit emergency response services.
♦ All CSRD boat launches are currently open with the exception of Blind Bay – Harbour Road. CSRD is taking direction from the BC Chief Medical Officer and Provincial Ministries regarding all parks, trails and recreation facilities. To date there have not been closure orders or recommendations from senior government to restrict boating access to area lakes for recreational purposes. All Provincial Parks including the associated boat launches are currently closed.
♦ Local businesses still need to be supported even during a pandemic. Please use local suppliers and business whenever possible. We want these resources to be there now and when the crisis is over. For local businesses please see: www.shopshuswap.ca. This site is a wonderful resource and at the bottom of the screen you can look for the community nearest you.