• Thursday , 1 December 2022

Complacency may be our COVID-19 downfall

Lyonel Doherty

This pandemic complacency in B.C. must stop. Now!

Not after your private gathering. Not after your non-essential travel. But right now.

The community outbreak in Kelowna, and the four cases in Oliver (cherry farm), could have been prevented if only people took COVID-19 seriously.

The people who organized those private parties should be held accountable; same goes for the resorts that allowed them. Simply put, these people should know better than to take such risks during a global crisis.

Those of us making sacrifices and following the rules are tired of the irresponsible actions of others – actions that are putting our families at risk.

Have you seen what it’s like in Penticton? It’s a zoo! Beaches packed. Lineups outside restaurants. Countless shoppers without masks.

The rules for social distancing seemed to have changed overnight – from six feet to three feet.

Now the manager of the Kelowna airport is asking the government to allow some international flights into Canada. What a fantastic idea considering more cases of COVID-19 have been identified on domestic flights.

Since phase 3 of B.C.’s restart plan, we have seen a jump in transmissions. This was to be expected, but if people continue to cut corners or bend the rules (for their enjoyment or profit), this province could be in big trouble.

While people have praised Dr. Bonnie Henry for her calm resolve, she may be a little too soft in dealing with these outbreaks. Perhaps B.C. needs to press rewind and go back to phase 2 if these careless individuals continue to put us at risk with their lackadaisical attitude.

Dr. Henry’s catch phrase “Be kind, be calm and be safe” is becoming a misnomer these days because you can’t do any of these things when so many people disregard the rules.

If case numbers continue to rise, the province should tighten up restrictions again . . . before we reach the point of no return.

We need to acknowledge the individuals and businesses who are taking this pandemic seriously. They have been working hard to follow the regulations in their bid to survive and keep others safe.

Why should they have to suffer? If they can be responsible, why can’t others?

And where is the accountability for those who choose to threaten our well-being?

It’s time to get tough and answer these questions.

Lyonel Doherty is the editor of the South Okanagan’s Times-Chronicle.

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