March 15th: Vail Resorts shuts down all of its ski resorts in North America, including Whistler-Blackcomb. (Within a few days afterwards, pretty well all ski areas in B.C. also shutdown.)
A sudden, surprising end to the ski season.
But that's nothing compared to what's happening across Canada and around the world, as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads.
Borders are closed (including all "non-essential" travel across the USA-Canada border). We, like almost all Canadians, are keeping our distance from others (physical distancing), going out only for required food (and liquor 😉) shopping.
(Well, David has driven down to the boat a couple of times; but still keeping isolated.)
Our plans to sail North on Pelagia this Summer would seem an excellent way to self-isolate (even our doctor thinks so), but...
Communities up-and-down the B.C. coast are circling-the-wagons and telling non-residents to stay away. Anchoring in coves away from communities should be fine, but we do have to re-provision, get water (though there are streams) and fuel up.
So, plans this Spring-Summer are truly "written in the sand at low tide". Still some time to go. We shall see.
Until then, we are trying to stay healthy, and wish the same for all others!