Amid worries that Easter weekend will bring swaths of visitors to town, RCMP in Squamish and throughout the Sea to Sky will help enforce park closures, among other things.
Easter falls one week after flocks of visitors came to the Squamish Valley despite COVID-19 advisories that called for people to stay at home and socially distance.
“The Sea to Sky RCMP are aware of the additional concerns of community members, Indigenous communities, and local governments during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” reads a news release from police.
To that end, officers say they’ll be helping out with the following:
— Increased RCMP presence beginning on Thursday – presence in backcountry, Crown land, waterways, closed provincial parks, closed municipal Parks, and on Whistler Blackcomb ski hill;
— Additional RCMP officers patrolling throughout the corridor over the weekend focusing on areas from North of Pemberton to Lions Bay;
— Check stops in high volume areas;
— Driver and vehicle checks along the Sea to Sky Highway.
Police say they’re working with other agencies to address unlawful activity and educate the public on physical distancing.
“All agencies are coming together this weekend to have a larger presence at recreational and camping hubs to demonstrate the seriousness of the message – to please stay close to home,” said Mayor Karen Elliott in the release.
“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 for the health of our community and other British Columbians. We’re in this together and respecting our ask to stay close to home this weekend means we get back to the activities we love much sooner.”
If you see anything you wish to report to the police over the weekend please call Bowen Island RCMP at 604-947-0516, Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100, Whistler RCMP at 604-604-932-3044, or Pemberton RCMP at 604-894-3449.