*Last Updated on August 22, 2023
Details from the BC Government news release and the latest information:
To help ensure accommodation is available for critical-response personnel and the tens of thousands of people evacuated due to wildfires, the Province is restricting travel for the purpose of staying in temporary accommodation in several communities in the Okanagan.
The Province has introduced a new order under the provincial state of emergency. Under this order, effective August 19, 2023 until end of day on September 4, 2023, people may not stay in temporary accommodations for non-essential purposes in several communities. This includes hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, hostels, RV parks, and campgrounds.
This order applies to temporary accommodation in the following cities:
The order does not impact travel through to other regions, but the Government of BC is calling on everyone to avoid non-essential travel to the Okanagan and Shuswap areas of province to ensure roadways are kept clear for emergency-response operations, including further evacuations. People should check information from the BC Wildfire Service, EmergencyInfoBC and DriveBC before heading out and for the latest information.
Essential travel includes:
Read the full release here.
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness
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