District of Squamish partakes in multi-agency effort to support long weekend safety

The District of Squamish is working alongside police and other provincial agencies, as well as Tourism Squamish, the Squamish Lillooet Regional District and Squamish Nation this long weekend to send a strong message about safety, staying close to home, and following the advice and orders of British Columbia’s Health Ministry.

“All agencies are working together to have a larger presence at recreational and camping hubs to demonstrate the seriousness of the message - to please stay close to home," says District of Squamish Mayor Karen Elliott. "With a sunny long weekend ahead of us, I know this doesn't feel natural, but the statistics across the globe speak for themselves. We must stay the course and do the right thing.”

Messages shared with the Lower Mainland, Corridor and Squamish local residents reiterate Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s advice and orders to limit travel to essential trips only, and stay close to home. 

“Many in our community are facing financial hardships, and many others are working for us on the front lines. The 'ask' for the rest of us is simple. Stay apart and stay close to home so that we can get back to business as quickly as possible,” continues Elliott. 

This long weekend, Squamish will see a coordinated presence from Squamish RCMP, the Conservation Officer Service, Natural Resource Officers, Fisheries Officers and District Bylaw Officers, to name a few. Patrols will take place in high volume recreation areas with a clear message to visitors and locals alike: please don't congregate; stay close to home for everyone's safety. 

“We do also want to stress that your mental and physical wellbeing must be taken care of. Do go for a walk and get some fresh air in your neighbourhood and adjacent forest trails. Stay with your household group, and give others plenty of room to pass by. And do check in on others with a phone call, message or a greeting from the sidewalk because we can all use a kind word of encouragement in these challenging times,” continues Elliott.

“We are in this together. I ask that kindness and compassion guide your actions, especially this weekendYour job is to mind your two metre distancing and enjoy the weekend close to home. Let the RCMP and partner agencies do their job. Let's stay the course - for our health, our community, and our province,” Elliott stresses.

If residents see anything they wish to report to the police this weekend, please contact Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100.

April 9, 2020

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  • Daniella Smith Apr 14, 2020, 1:52 PM (8 months ago)

    Thank you for serving our community so well.
    In the future. I am available to volunteer in safe ways if needed.
    Daniella Smith 778-552-5721

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