Osoyoos Mayor on Canada Day and Summer

A man waves a flag during a Canada Day parade on July 1, 2018.

Phase 3 of B.C’s reopening plan has begun and the state of emergency has been extended again until July 7th.

Mayor Sue McKortoff says this means Osoyoos will be seeing some visitors this summer.

“Provided the protocols are in place in the hotels, in the restaurants, in the businesses and quite frankly any of the ones that I’ve been in in town here are doing a good job of making sure that they’re protecting not only themselves but the visitors that come in and their clients.” said McKortoff.

Hotels, motels, RV parks, lodges, hostels and other similar amenities are now open but McKortoff says they are still facing distancing challenges with opening town facilities.

The good news is the new recycling bins will be coming soon.

“Provided the trains are running carefully because they are coming from Eastern Canada and CN rail has experienced some slow downs as you can imagine because of the distancing that that type of thing,” said McKortoff.

The carts will be placed at the end of your driveway when they are delivered, hopefully by July 1st.

Speaking of July 1st, Canada Day will look quite different this year.

According to Mayor McKortoff, the Osoyoos Festival Society has put together a video to celebrate.

“It’s just a way for the festival society to say ‘Happy Canada Day it’ll be bigger and better next year’, fingers crossed and the 25th annual [fireworks] which were due on Wednesday, Frank has promised us he will do it next year.”

Two years of fundraising means next year’s event will be much bigger and better, said McKortoff.

You can find the video on YouTube or the Osoyoos town website.