‘We don’t understand’: B.C. coastal communities brace for tourists as province opens hunting, fishing season – The Narwhal

As the province adds activities to a growing list of ‘essential services,’ remote communities are fighting back against a tide of city-weary tourists who threaten to spread coronavirus as they travel for recreation

Over two dozen leaders of small towns along the central and northern coast of B.C. are urging the provincial government to restrict non-essential travel as warming weather beckons a surge of unwanted tourists.

Despite countless pleas for visitors to stay away from remote and First Nation communities that are especially vulnerable to novel coronavirus and have limited medical resources, residents say they are seeing no visible effort to restrict non-essential travel, as outsiders continue to arrive by car, ferry and plane.

B.C. recently added hunting and fishing to the province’s list of essential services — seemingly ignoring the request of coastal leaders that provincial and federal governments step in to limit outside travel “for fishing, hunting and other leisure activities.”

Read More: https://thenarwhal.ca/coronavirus-bc-coastal-communities-brace-tourists-province-hunting-fishing-season/

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