Mission RCMP, District encourage people to stay home this weekend

It may be the Easter long weekend, but city officals want the public to avoid non-essential travel

The Easter Long Weekend has arrived and the District of Mission and Mission RCMP are asking potential visitors to stay home and avoid all non-essential travel within the community in an important effort to help bend the curve of COVID-19.

“It’s critical for Mission that we hold true to Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Orders right now and her calls for commitment to physical distancing. It’s how we keep our community safe,” said Mayor Pam Alexis.

“We are fortunate to have world-class recreation at our door step. People from all over the province enjoy exploring our hiking trails and forest service roads, such as Florence Lake. But we all need to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19, and that means staying home this weekend.”

According to a district press release, long weekends in Mission are traditionally busy times with visitors actively exploring hikes and trails, and participating in outdoor activities. However, it’s not an average year and the best thing people can do is stay home and stay vigilant to the orders and measures imposed by the federal and provincial governments to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“We understand that the conditions this long weekend are optimal for enjoying all of the outdoor recreational activities that Mission has to offer but, for our safety and the safety of others, we are urging people to stay home,” said Cpl. Nathan Berze of the Mission RCMP. “It’s important as a community that we abide by the current health recommendations.”

For local residents, it’s vital that everyone enjoy District of Mission parks and trails responsibly, which means:

• Staying home if you’re sick;

• Maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres if you must leave your home;

• Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

More information on the District of Mission’s response to COVID-19 can be found on mission.ca/covid-19.

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