Strongly consider rescheduling or postponing your trip to the central Okanagan: Henry

BC’s top doctor urges residents to postpone or reschedule any upcoming trips to the central Okanagan.

The message was shared on Friday afternoon as health officials announced additional COVID-19 health and safety measures for the region.

A regional COVID-19 outbreak is currently in place for the central Okanagan. Just over 50% of active COVID-19 cases in British Columbia are currently in indoor health and 80% of cases in the region are the Delta variant.

“We know a lot of people already have plans and there is a transition plan for this weekend,” Henry said. “If you have any travel plans this weekend in the central Okanagan, we strongly consider that you change your travel plans.”

“Either reprogram or postpone. There is a lot going on in the central Okanagan right now that needs the attention of the local community.

The new COVID-19 measures announced on Friday also apply to vacation rentals, including Airbnbs, boats and houseboats.

“We know it’s a place where people go to vacation, to meet other people,” said Henry. “Now we need to limit the number of people who can be in vacation rentals, accommodations, including boats and houseboats, to five people plus occupants.

“Very similar to what we had in place last summer when we started to see the transmission of these events happening in vacation rentals.”

The measures on vacation rentals, as well as those on personal and organized indoor and outdoor gatherings, and indoor and outdoor dining, come into effect today.

The Central Okanagan community includes the following regions and municipalities:

  • Fishing country
  • West Kelowna
  • Kelowna
  • Land of lakes
  • Westbank First Nation
  • Central Okanagan Regional District Electoral Districts

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