EDITORIAL – New travel restrictions easy to break, easy to follow

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THE BARK OF TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS in B.C. is a lot worse than their bite.Take camping, for example. British Columbians must go camping in spring — it’s in our DNA.

As of right now, we aren’t allowed to do that outside our health region bubble. But, inside, which in our case includes the Interior and Northern Health regions, it’s not prohibited although we’re encouraged to stay close to home.

If we’re from Kamloops, we’re supposed to keep it local rather than going off to, say, Fort Nelson. Or even Kelowna. But we can if we want to.

We in B.C. have trouble doing anything serious about travel. All non-essential travel, especially recreational travel, is officially frowned upon. (A shout-out, by the way, to the hard-hit tourism industry for its cooperation.)


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – New travel restrictions easy to break, easy to follow

  1. Beverley Campbell // May 1, 2021 at 10:29 AM // Reply

    Here are the rules, oh but if you want to break them, well, just go ahead.

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