Similkameen tourist destination turns away Alberta visitors amid COVID-19 travel directive
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Similkameen tourist destination turns away Alberta visitors amid COVID-19 travel directive

The operator of a heritage site in B.C.’s Similkameen Valley said they turned away Alberta tourists on Saturday to comply with B.C.’s non-essential travel advisory.

Chris Mathieson, general manager of The Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos, B.C., said it was the right thing to do, despite financial hardships the site has faced under crippling COVID-19 restrictions.

“One of our first days open, some of the first people through the door were from Alberta, not here in the-long term, just visiting,” Mathieson told Global News.

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“They felt comfortable doing so because, in Alberta, the rules are a little different, but we as politely as we could turned them away.”

B.C. implemented new travel restrictions in late April, which split the province into three zones: the Lower Mainland, the Interior/North and Vancouver Island, in response to the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the…

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