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Letter: MP Morrison questions COVID-19 lockdown measures in BC Interior

To The Editor:

I applaud local MLAs, Tom Shypitka and Doug Clovechok, for standing up to the Provincial government regarding recent restrictions on restaurants. You can be sure that I will doing the same in Ottawa.

There is absolutely no reason under the sun why our region should be treated the same, with regards to lockdowns, as the lower mainland.

Our case count does not support it.

Kootenay-Columbians have worked hard and curbed the spread of COVID-19 in our region. Your hard work should be rewarded with common sense Provincial policies that allow for freedom of movement including safely dinning out, attending movie theatres, places of worship and more.

The recent announcement makes no sense to our area and I welcome a letter from Health Minister Dix or Dr. Henry showing the data that supports the need for new lockdown measures in the Kootenays and Columbia Valley up to and including Revelstoke.

We need evidence-based decision making if we are to shut down businesses that are hanging on by a thread. Shutting restaurants down with no notice when they have already purchased supplies for a busy Easter weekend is not a Canadian way to lead.

Rob Morrison, MP Kootenay-Columbia