Freedom for Fall

Nelson’s COVID case count is at its highest point ever — amongst the worst in BC — with masks now re-mandated throughout the Interior Health region.

Unvaccinated Canadians make up 90% of new infections.

While opinions on vaccinations vary, we all agree no one wants to shut businesses back down. Or have to give up even more of the freedom we’ve lost — for the second time since the pandemic began.

As autumn approaches, with our cherished Kootenay winter to come, consider that these restrictions could become more severe if our region’s alarming spike isn’t stopped.

Think of what could be lost. Getting back to school and our work place. Celebrating indoors with great food, music and retailing. Competing and adventuring, together.

Have you been vaccinated?

By taking that step, you’re supporting local, and helping us all stay safe. The quality of our personal lives and the economic viability of local businesses depend on it.

Look around the province, and consider this. Other BC mountain towns that suffered severe setbacks earlier in the pandemic have stepped up with vaccination rates as high as 99 percent.

Nelson’s rate is just 71%.

That’s too low. Ask around. From Baker Street to the backcountry, our small business community is the heart of our economy and the source of jobs for you, families and friends.

Some have prospered. But for just as many others, hard times can’t get harder.

So support local. Stay safe. Get your shot.

Find local immunization clinics at: news.interiorhealth.ca/news/covid-19-immunization-clinics/

You can also get your vaccination at the Nelson Public Health Unit by registering here www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register or calling 1-833-838-2323.