For some Canadians, a big part of the winter is heading south to escape the cold.
“I’m going to Holguin in Cuba,” says Angela Carver, who lives in Windsor, NS. live in
Carver usually heads south every year, although the pandemic forced him to stay home in 2021.
Now, with both the COVID-19 vaccine and a booster shot in her arm, she leaves for Cuba on Sunday.
“Did you know that, COVID is all around us. Basically, I will follow all the protocols that I follow here. When we’re inside, I’ll have a mask on, but for the most part, if I’m out at the beach, I won’t be there with a mask or anything,” Carver says.
Lewis Efford of Newfoundland feels the same way. He has been wintering in Florida every year since 2012.
He is back in the US for the first time in two years and says people in the US are treating the pandemic very differently than in his country.
“Last night there was a street party at some of the doors and they probably had 50 people and they all sat elbow-to-elbow and party. I was invited but I said no. I wasn’t going to take the chance to go,” Efford says from his home in Homossa, Fla.
Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang, says now is not the time to think about traveling internationally, with the highly permeable Omicron variant causing record-high levels of infection.
As a result, Maritimes health officials are dealing with record levels of hospitalizations.
“Now is the time to slow down, stay closer to home and limit the amount of your social interaction. You’ll have a chance to visit, that’s coming,” Strang says.
Strang says he’ll feel comfortable asking everyone to steer clear of travel only after global vaccination levels rise
He adds that if you decide to head south, make sure you have your COVID-19 shots and proof.