The May long weekend is the unofficial start of summer that we look forward to throughout the year. It’s often the start of road trips, camping and spending more time outside with our friends and families.
This long weekend is different. A global pandemic puts us all at risk – and we all must stay in our local communities and stay at a safe physical distance from others when outside.
The good news is because of your efforts and sacrifice so far, you can now start to expand your circle slowly, but keep your group small, always keeping in mind “fewer faces and bigger spaces.” Outside is ideal.
You can have a backyard barbecue with another family, or a few close friends spread throughout the yard. Just remember not to share drinks or reach into the same chip bowl. Instead, prepare individual servings. You can also go for long walks and to local parks.
Spending a long weekend away from people we care about is difficult, but what we are doing matters to ensure more travel and freedom later. We will be able to enjoy fun spring and summer recreational activities again together, and they will come sooner if we just stay the course. Together, we are helping slow the spread of COVID-19.
Let me be clear. Staying in your local community this long weekend means no leisure road trips to cabins or to go boating – especially across our borders. Instead, I encourage everyone to reach out safely to local friends or families in your neighbourhood and to connect virtually with close ones living in other communities.
Please, continue to make every effort to protect loved ones, our Elders and our health-care workers.
Now, more than ever, we need to stay 100 per cent all in.
Adrian Dix was first elected as MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway in 2005 and re-elected in 2009, 2013 and 2017. He is the Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.