Gabriola Emergency Committee asks people to please stay home - for now

Sounder News

Thursday, May 7 2020

The Gabriola Emergency Response and Recovery Committee issued the following statement today, May 7, 2020:

Even though the provincial government is talking about gradually loosening COVID-related restrictions in British Columbia, the Gabriola Emergency Response and Recovery Committee urges tourists and non-resident property owners not to visit Gabriola, Mudge or De Courcy, or any of the other Gulf Islands, at least until after the May long weekend.

As stated by Peter Luckham, Chair of the Islands Trust Council: “Most Gulf Islands have a median age of over sixty years old and limited or no medical services. First responders are volunteers who are practicing sheltering in place in order to be available for normal emergencies. We urge everyone to stay home and avoid discretionary travel to and from the islands. As ferry-dependent communities, we are especially vulnerable and face additional challenges. Now is not the time to take a holiday or visit your vacation property.”

We do want you to come to Gabriola, but just not yet. The order from our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonny Henry, is: “Avoid unnecessary travel, particularly to small communities, where they may not be able to support you if you do get sick and where they don’t have as many resources.”

We can all be heroes, just by staying home!

The Gabriola Emergency Response and Recovery Committee includes representatives from the Regional District of Nanaimo Area B Director, the Islands Trustees, and island-based personnel representing the medical clinic and doctors, first responders, social support and transportation services, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Gabriola Health & Wellness Collaborative. This release came to the Sounder by way of Steven Earle, GERTIE representative.