COVID-19 / Flatten The Curve (March 26 Update)

Thomas Schoen

The Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium and the Williams Lake Cycling Club are monitoring the information made available about the Covid-19 pandemic and we are adapting as required.

As of today, Recreation Sites and Trails (Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development) has not issued trail closures for MTB trail networks in the Cariboo Region. This might become reality if trail users are attending group rides, shuttle in groups and are riding tight with others. Check here for a list of current site closures.

The CMBC and the WLCC are asking all local trail users to respect social distancing rules and to not undermine the goodwill we’ve built up over time in our community.

Every injury sustained by trail users will take up valuable medical resources, needed to treat someone with a potential life-threatening illness.

We strongly recommend:

– No mountain biking on trails in the Cariboo Region due to the risk of injury and the associated strain this would have on our medical system;

– Only careful recreate solo or with members of your household;

– Do not travel to neighbouring communities for recreation, please restrict all travel;

– Practice physical and social distancing at all times; 

– Go home, stay at home, stay safe. The trails will be there for you when we get through this difficult phase;

Thomas Schoen,
President CMBC

Please read the following letter from the physicians of 100 Mile House:

To Our Community,

The physicians of 100 Mile House are on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. This crisis is unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetime. We are working hard to prepare and be there for our patients and their families.

Doctors cannot do this alone. What the public does now will impact the health of British Columbians in the weeks and months ahead. Lives depend on your actions now.

Our province is in a state of emergency. Here is the directive from our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry:

· Stay home unless absolutely necessary. This means no dinner parties. No shopping. No playdates. No group sports, even outside. Have coffee with a friend online. If you must go outside, get there in a private vehicle and go where no one else is around.
· Keep two metres (or six feet) away from everyone if you must go out. That’s about the width of a car or the length of two arms stretched out.
· Wash your hands frequently.
· Tell your loved ones to do the same.

This is especially important for young people. We sometimes see you out in the park or around town. You can get sick from this virus. More importantly, you can be carriers and cause a lot of harm to parents, grandparents, and other loved ones.

The time is now. We cannot wait one more hour or one more day. Let’s save lives together.

In 100 Mile and Canim Lake, our offices are making changes to help you do this. All offices are using telephone or telehealth appointments to minimize the number of people in our waiting and exam rooms. The more people we can “see” by telephone, the better. Please call your doctor’s or nurse practitioner’s office to update your appointment type. If you are unable to reach out by phone, don’t worry our offices are still open and you can connect with your practitioner in person if necessary. If your concern is regarding medication, reach out to your pharmacist. They have been granted increased ability to refill and adjust medication as needed during the crisis.

We are here for the community, working to keep you safe and healthy.
So PLEASE STAY HOME, unless absolutely necessary.

Physicians of 100 Mile House

Thomas Schoen

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