Kelowna Mayor Tells Unvaccinated To “Keep Away”

Kelowna residents put their masks back on and respond to why it got this far.

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran is frustrated at those who choose not to vaccinate.

“If you haven’t been vaccinated, I say, stay away,” said Basran.

Interior Health has declared an outbreak in the Central Okanagan after a surge in COVID-19 cases and a mask mandate is now in place requiring people to mask themselves in indoor public spaces.

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<p>While the Internal Health Commissioner advised unvaccinated individuals not to travel to or from the area, Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran took a more forceful stance.</p>
<p>“I hate to say it, but for the first time I am telling people to stay away from our town if they are not vaccinated,” Basran said.</p>
<p>“I never thought I’d see a day where I tell people not to visit, but it does.”</p>
<p>Kelowna Mission Liberal MLA and health critic Renee Merrifield offered a critical tweet about the decision, saying in part, “Seems the goal posts have shifted now.”</p>
<p dir=The most important line to keep in mind is hospitalization.

COVID is not going anywhere – cases will rise and fall.

Since we vaccinated the weak, hospital stays have decreased. Less in the intensive care unit.

That was the goal of the early PHO measures.

Apparently the goal posts are now moved. # Bcpoli

– Renee Merrifield (@ ReneeMerrifiel3) July 28, 2021

But in an interview with KelownaNow, she said she was not against the measures.

“If anything, it’s encouraging to say vaccines work,” Merrifield said.

“I think there is a second line in this tweet that says exactly that.”

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<p>When announcing the outbreak in the Central Okanagan, Dr.  Sue Pollock of Interior Health that the intent is to make sure we don’t have another widespread transmission of COVID-19.</p>
<p>But much of their news was aimed at the unvaccinated.</p>
<p>“… to encourage individuals to get immunized because the COVID-19 vaccine will be the way to get out of this outbreak,” she said.</p>
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Most of the people we spoke to on the street are reluctant to accept the new restrictions.

But not the noisy anti-masker and anti-vaxxer Chris Sky.

He was just in Kelowna when the new mandate takes effect.

During a lively exchange outside a restaurant in Kelowna, he criticized anyone who might take the precautions the authorities ask us to take.

“You’re wearing a mask, you’re an idiot,” Sky told us. “You’re taking a vaccine, you’re an idiot.”

The mask mandate is expected to remain in place for at least a couple of weeks.

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