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Canada - 'Please stay away': Vancouver Coastal region mayors don't want visitors, daytrippers

The new restrictions combine B.C.’s five health authorities into three regions of the province, with travel between these regions prohibited. The Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions have been combined into one zone.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — B.C.’s restrictions on non-essential travel have cut Lower Mainlanders off from Vancouver Island and the Okanagan, and mayors of popular tourist spots within the Vancouver Coastal region are worried they might see an influx of visitors.

The new restrictions combine B.C.’s five health authorities into three regions of the province, with travel between these regions prohibited. The Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions have been combined into one zone.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said Friday the new order targets recreational and leisure travel. BC Ferries will be denying boarding on the six routes that cross these boundaries, but not on sailings to Bowen Island and the Sunshine Coast.

The mayor of Bowen Island says he is disappointed to see that there’s nothing in place to prevent would-be vacationers from across the Lower Mainland from hopping a ferry and coming into his community.

“What they’ve done is increased our catchment area by 1.8 million people. So we’re basically vulnerable to 50 per cent of the population of B.C. at this point in time and that’s certainly doesn’t serve us well,” Gary Ander says.

“All we can say is please don’t come at this point in time.”

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