Lock yourself up in your room and turn the lights off if you don't want to deal with Covid. I'm sorry but unfortunately, it is a part of life now. Everyone is going to have to deal with this strain of the common cold.
So I know people are probably sick of seeing posts about Covid and all the drama it’s created in this town and on this page.
Yes, this is a Covid related post. But....
Since the second wave, and when Covid finally hit Revy with its first outbreak. It really has been frustrating to see local businesses being affected by these recent events in Revelstoke. From losing significant business, temporarily closing and making headlines for the wrong reasons.
With Zalas being one of the businesses to make headlines lately, just pisses me right off. It’s really not Zalas fault for the headlines it made. Now, disclaimer before I carry on. I’m no scientist, I’m no health care professional, nor do I claim I know everything there is to know about Covid. I don’t know the story of every employee regarding who they’ve been around or if they’ve done any travelling. I don’t know if the outbreak was caused by a server, or hostess, or a line cook......or a f*cking sledder from Alberta.
But you know what really really grinds my f**king gears. Is seeing parking lots full of sled groups from Alberta and Saskatchewan. Maybe I missed the memo, but I didn’t realize coming to Revy for sledding was essential travel? Wait, don’t they have snow, mountains and other beautiful terrain to sled in Alberta? I’m born and raised in Alberta, it’s really a beautiful province. Oh wait, another disclaimer, Yes I’m from Alberta. We’ve been in Revy for almost 4 years now (When I say we, my wife and I. The wife is born and raised in Revy).
I just can’t believe the ignorance of some people. It’s been made public knowledge that small communities like ours, have limited hospital space and resources. It’s been made public knowledge that small communities like ours, can’t handle a big outbreak of Covid. But yet, groups of sledders feel the need to come here. Do they feel they are above the law? Maybe living in big centres like a Calgary or a Red Deer they don’t feel the effects of Covid as much as we would.
I get that we are a small tourist town. I totally understand that a lot of small businesses here count on the yearly winter season that brings in sledders, skiers and other winter outdoor activities. ****, I’ve been a small business owner myself and I’ve experienced first hand the many struggles that others have faced. Opening and running a small business is not easy, it’s a huge risk and in a lot of cases the margin for error is very small.
Alberta has been one of the worst provinces as far as Covid goes. It is so socially irresponsible to come here in groups to go sledding. They use our gas stations (not to mention filling up in Golden), stay in our hotels, visit our grocery stores while here.
Sorry, but why are businesses in town allowing this? Why are businesses taking these bookings? (Not going to get into the game of calling any businesses out). Like I said above, I totally get that every business in this town depends on that revenue stream. But hey, it’s a Covid world we live in now. Everything we are accustomed to doing basically has to change now. And that includes Revelstoke and its small businesses. It’s a dog eat dog world, and if some small businesses can’t or are not willing to change or adapt moving forward, then we will continue seeing places close down. Basic entrepreneurship and marketing for running a business doesn’t change, pandemic or no pandemic. Business 101 will tell you that the business world has always been like that. If you can’t change or adapt to attract new customers then your likely hood of success won’t be there.
Or better yet, why’s the Town of Revelstoke letting this happen? Or our provincial government? Or our local RCMP?
So now that Zalas had to temporarily close its doors, losing short term revenue and also potential long term revenue from these headlines, however you want to look at them. It’s employees, who are mostly very loyal and dependable as a team. A lot of their employees have been their for a long time. I know a couple of people who work there, a lot of them have families. For them to have to stop work to self isolate for 2 weeks and also lose work for the 2nd time since March, is completely unfair.
This rant is not pointing the finger just at one person and/or group. A lot of aspects have been handled irresponsibility by many groups. From the City of Revelstoke, BC Government and others while letting a lot of people down. Sure, Covid has a pretty high recovery rate and you may not ‘die’ from it. I’ve seen the arguments on Covid vs. The Flu. These are the side effects that Covid has when you look at the big picture. I just feel it is socially irresponsible that a group of people are willing to defy basic law, are willing to potentially put another community at harm and while they think they are doing good by supporting our local businesses by coming here to sled for a few days. They are actually putting a bigger strain out on econom as a whole. Now our government has to pay 15-20 Zalas employees ($13,500-$18,00) for those two weeks of self isolation.
But hey, you guys wanna hit up some fresh powder in Revy? Make a weekend of it? I’m not working right now cause of Covid.//uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20201228/8a4a0233051e7b25fd6ab63b8f8a45b3.jpg
It is essential I ride to maintain my sanity. I love how selfish some BC people are at wanting Albertans to stay home when 10% of BC is currently in Alberta for Christmas. And we’re idiots. Lol. As far as the Revi hospital goes. I have a few friends who work there. It’s definitely small town LOL if you relying on that for your health you’re in trouble. I had a severe reaction to medication for strep throat I went to the hospital in revelstoke and they told me to hurry up and go home. I barely made it. They didn’t even have an EpiPen for me.
Covid. Between all my Harley trips this summer and my sled trips this winter I’ve easily spent 20 grand plus I buy all my toys from Courtney Motorsports further supporting the BC economy. Topped up by memberships to all the snowmobile clubs I can afford. Once you get off your high horse and realize you’re on a donkey you’ll see all Canadians are in the same boat. Keyword we are Canadians. I ride alone in my truck. No 4 place trailer this season with all my buddies, we each travel separate. Follow the byelaws do our thing I do not understand what the problem is. And the reason Alberta is seeing the highest cases per capita is Rachel Notley gets more airtime on our local news than Elvis when he died. Our commonsensical Jason Kenney is getting roasted daily for not being more tyrannical to Albertans
Maybe Skegpro should have been in rocky mtn house this summer and seen all the bc plates there when travel was restricted? Couldn’t hardly get a room to work in area. The hotel manager was disappointed at all the out of province travel that was not work related.
Prolly got fingered by a weed sucking NDP'er on a bean sprout run. Did he have a man bun and a scarf around his head? I may know the guy. LolIn Revy now. Spoke to the hotel I am staying at. Informed them that I am from Alberta, they said no problem, come on down. Went to ride boulder today both parking lots full up. Good to see folks are getting out. Spoke with the nice lady at the trail head accepting monies for trail fees. Informed her that I am from Alberta and asked her if there was any problem. She replied non what so ever other then practice social distancing. Still sign in at the cabin and be aware of social distancing in the cabin if you utilize it to warm up. She also said that what is the difference if you are traveling from Alberta to sled in Revelstoke or traveling from Kelowna or any other town in BC? Neither is essential! How very true!!!
Oh and I did get fingered in the parking in down town Revy from a local. Didn’t hurt me feelings too badly.
Be safe out there folks and enjoy.
We are all Canadians. Enough segregation already enjoy our beautiful country.
I agree ever story is somebody’s cousin’s friend. When I see a ticket posted online or hear a news story I’ll believe it.