EOC asks non-residents to stay away

While Sun Peaks remains shut and residents stay home, visitors are still arriving in the community. Residents have reported travellers asking which shops might be open, searching for long-term stays to isolate out of the city and visiting their second homes. 

But a message from Sun Peaks’ Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) signed by mayor Al Raine, chief administrative officer Rob Bremner and fire chief Dean Schiavon is urging people to stay home unless their primary residence is in Sun Peaks. 

“It has come to our attention that a few owners and travellers are still coming to Sun Peaks to recreate or enjoy their recreation property,” the April 6 statement reads. “Some of you may believe that COVID 19 has not hit Sun Peaks. We know that there were positive tests from Sun Peaks and our medical staff have identified some 20 plus presumptive cases, all health individuals who are now recovering in isolation.” 

The statement explained the community’s first responder and medical facilities are very limited during the pandemic. Firefighters will be dispatched to fewer calls, at the direction of B.C. Emergency Health Services, and the Sun Peaks Health Centre is not accepting patients with COVID-19 symptoms. 

“There is no question that travel has been a major contributor to the spread of the coronavirus so please be part of the solution and not part of the threat. 

“We implore you that unless your primary residence is Sun Peaks, please do not come here at this time.”