April 10, 2020

In This Pandemic, What Is ‘Travel’?

Stephen Quinn tweet:

Can I get on a BC Ferry?
No, stay home.
But the cabin on the Sunshine Coast is okay, right?
No, stay home.
So my sister in Abbotsford is making Easter dinne…
Stay home.
What about the Seawall?
Stay home.
So wait, you’re saying I should just stay home ?

Stephen, what do you mean by ‘home’?  Are you by any chance living in a place with a backyard, and you’re including that?  Or are you saying everyone should live all the time behind a door, in a room at a time, and not come out.

And go mad, slowly or quickly, but mad nonetheless.

Okay, time out for exercise, even just walking – but don’t go far.  Don’t travel to do so.

Okay, but what does ‘travel’ mean?  Obviously not using a boat or plane.  But maybe in a car within Metro Van?   Should someone from the West End go to Langley?  Tsawwassen?  Even Metrotown?

Perhaps you mean not beyond your part of the city – like Kits, Joyce, Dunbar.

Maybe just your neighbourhood – a few kilometers in radius, anchored by a grocery store.

Or only a few blocks on your street.

Or just your backyard.



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  1. I think it definitely means ‘don’t risk being “that dude” who brings covid to a small island/town without a hospital or any good emergency facilities’ … beyond that gray area.

  2. Agreed.
    Same applies to remote indigenous communities.

    The seawall restrictions are about overcrowding. With gyms, clubs and malls closed, and the distance requirements, overcrowding can easily occur. Don’t take it personally, it’s just circumstances.

    The family dinner restrictions are about associating with those not in your household, so that’s really the same as a stranger for the purposes of transmission. Is anyone at dinner a retail or healthcare worker who has higher risk exposure? Or older with higher susceptibility?

  3. Here lies the problem with a sorta-kinda, pretty please semi-formal lockdown. People quite reasonably don’t know what the rules are.
    Other countries have understood that you can’t have a half – quarantine. Canada of course dithers around endlessly without ever taking real, concrete steps.

    1. While we do sorta-kinda okay here where we got lucky with some early warning before it got bad. The new cases seem to be flat. A positive trend.

      We might be flat – at several dozen cases a day – but that shows us we could have been flat at a small handful of cases a day if we had acted sooner. Too late to question that now. We didn’t act sooner and it’s hard to believe anything would have compelled us to do so. Too busy blaming others for not acting. Were we ready?

      We’ll get through this. The world will be a different place, Maybe quite unrecognizable. Could be good. Could be bad. Let’s work on the former.

      1. “We might be flat – at several dozen cases a day – but that shows us we could have been flat at a small handful of cases a day if we had acted sooner.”

        Yes, we’re very fortunate here in BC, but we’re paying a high price for keeping the epidemic in check, I’m not sure it would have been politically palatable to have acted sooner. The public may not have bought into these restrictions without seeing the impacts start to manifest themselves.

        All we’ve done is bought some time to figure out how we’re going to have to be able to live with this until some sort of vaccine or treatment is developed. We’re going to have to figure out a smart way to relax restrictions without ballooning the hospitalization rates too much. I expect that it’s going to involve a lot of testing and allowing certain lower-risk people to start coming out of their burrows.

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          My point: start with providing more space on our roads so people can safely space as they learn how to move about, and then provide directions and instructions on how to do so.

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