These new rules make no sense. Bonnie Henry, or some other spokesperson from government, I can't remember which, said the other day that we should (or could, can't remember the exact word) go camping. But only in our region; don't go too far. I'm having a very hard time understanding the logic here. If Covid is everywhere (save a few isolated small communities) then restricting wider travel makes no difference to overall Covid spread since statistically, every person who brings it outside of their region is countered by someone bringing it the other way. Why am I not at risk of spreading Covid while camping locally but I am if I drive 500 km to go camping?
This is exactly what I am thinking as well. People are still going to travel, albeit locally, so they will still be doing travel-related activities (staying in a hotel, eating in a restaurant, stopping for gas/snacks, mixing with people in campsites), so the total exposure remains the same as if they travelled to another health region.
Someone explained to me that the it's the risk of bringing the virus to smaller communities whose hospitals can't handle it. If that's the case, wouldn't it be more efficient to medivac a few hundred patients to regional hospitals rather than restrict travel for 5 million?
Someone else mentioned that we shouldn't be spreading the high infection rates of the Lower Mainland to the rest of the province, but I looked at the BC CDC website and found out this is not even true. Covid cases per capita are high in Surrey, but also Prince Rupert, Bella Coola, and NE BC. It's all over the map (pun intended) and the Lower Mainland (except Surrey) is not much different from the rest of BC.
So far I haven't come across a good explanation for this restriction.