With the long weekend approaching and warm weather in the forecast, Bowen Island Municipality is reminding people who want to visit Bowen Island that now is not the time. We are asking you to stay close to home and avoid non-essential travel such as for tourism and recreation. We also suggest islanders continue to limit community interactions and refrain from extending invitations to visitors.
Like many other small communities, Bowen Island has extremely limited resources to serve our citizens. Our local businesses and services have scaled down operation to serve our essential needs, in order to protect the personal health and safety of the citizens of our small community. We rely on our small businesses to support our residents, and they do not have the resources to support high volumes of visitors at this difficult time.
As the Province starts to reopen gradually, Bowen Island Municipality reminds visitors to stay close to home, and continue physical distancing and other measures a little bit longer. The Provincial Health Officer’s recommendation to avoid non-essential travel still stands, and BC Ferries continues to advise against non-essential travel.
“I know the temptation to celebrate and visit with friends and family is strong at this time of year,” said Mayor Gary Ander, “but we have to remain committed to keeping a safe physical distance from each other and keeping our social bubble small. This long weekend, we need to keep holding the line. Please stay close to home and avoid non-essential travel.”
We hope you will make plans to visit us when our community is ready to host you again.