WHISTLER (CityNews) — Some hotels in Whistler are nonetheless marketing specials and reductions, even though conditions spike in the resort municipality and all British Columbians have been informed to continue to be dwelling.
“Travelling to whistler? Stay for 3 nights, only pay out for 2,” reads a person sponsored advert on Facebook promoting a confined-time offer that is out there via April 31. A different resort is offering 30 per cent special discounts on extended stays. A different is supplying 7 days for $797 for bookings just before April 24.
“TRAVELLING TO WHISTLER?… Keep FOR 3 Evenings, ONLY Pay out FOR 2!”
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The formal tourism web site for Whistler does advise versus any non-important vacation, and also links to some previous-moment vacation bargains.
To assistance mitigate the unfold of COVID-19, BC’s general public overall health officers have strongly proposed that all social and leisure vacation be prevented in British Columbia right up until February 5, 2021. This implies all non-important travel into, out of and within just British Columbia must be postponed until finally the vacation advisory is lifted,” the internet site claims.
“We have been discouraging particularly out of province and certainly out of region journey. We have been asking people to ski in their personal group, and to ski and assistance the businesses in your nearby communities,” Dr. Bonnie Henry claimed Monday.
Very last 7 days, Vancouver Coastal Health and fitness reported virtually 300 conditions of COVID-19 experienced been recorded in Whistler amongst Jan. 1 and 26.
Related: As B.C. marks just one year of COVID-19, Whistler has turn out to be just one of the province’s most current hotspots
When the advertising may perhaps be meant to tempt locals into a staycation, at the very least just one resident who functions in a lodge and just lately contracted the virus states he’s been seeing travellers from Ontario and Quebec.
Henry stated any adverts focusing on out of province travellers “not some thing I would aid at this level.”
Richmond guardian Karina Reid suggests in the last two months she’s experienced several pals choose the travel from Metro Vancouver to Whistler, with ideas to remain and ski.
“When I’m questioning why they are likely they say, ‘Well it is in the same health treatment region, Vancouver Coastal Overall health. I’m like, ‘Yeah, but you are leaving a significant town, heading to a smaller village the place you could be bringing situations they really don’t have the resources to take care of,” she says.
Reid thinks the specials and reductions on lodge stays are incorporating to confusion about what the restrictions suggest for would-be ski vacationers.
“They are feeding to us as shoppers. We are reading this info and we are wondering, ‘Okay, I guess it is okay for us to journey? But then we get mixed messaging from the governing administration. We have to be all on the very same web page.”