I promised to write about the last leg of our journey from Vancouver to Kelowna then our drive to Osoyoos so here it is.
Customs and immigration in Vancouver was a breeze. The officer wanted to know where we were quarantining, how we were getting there, how we were going to get food etc and the string on my mask broke so he told me to put another one on. He took our health check forms that we completed on the plane. The airport was deserted. It was a little eerie. Check out the photo of the guy in the plastic suit with gloves, face shield, mask etc. Etc. I asked if I could take his picture and he asked why? I said because youíre doing everything so right. He was proud and said yes. He was in front of us at security and the agent looked at him and said why are you dressed like that? It was a bit funny but he was definitely protected! ( I forgot to attach this photo in the original post so it's attached to my comment below) We couldnít make a connection to Kelowna the same day so had to stay in a hotel and our flight the next day wasnít until 8:00 pm
There are no shuttle buses running. You have to take a taxi. All the taxis have a plexiglass shield that goes from the roof to floor between the driver and passengers in the back seat. At the hotel the desk clerk didn't touch my ID or credit card. I held them up to the plexiglass shield between us and he wrote down the numbers. There is no complimentary breakfast in the lobby anymore. Instead they made up paper bag breakfasts with a huge and very good muffin in it, a juice box and some fruit. They leave them on a cart in the lobby (stapled closed) so you do have to go to the lobby to pick it up but I wore my mask grabbed two and was never closer than 20 feet from anyone. I rode the elevator alone. Iíve attached a picture of the instruction sheet they gave us at the hotel. They are very organized for stays over one night. That wasnít us but they did give us a late check out to 1: 00 pm.
Back to the airport and it was quiet ! We had to go to the Westjet counter to re-check our bags and get new boarding passes. The agent wouldnít even touch our old boarding passes. We had to hold them in front of her so she could read the information then we had to deposit them in the garbage bin. The photo of the long line of empty kiosks is the international departure area. Pat had a glass of wine in the lounge, not a person in sight. The debit machine was wrapped in cellophane to protect the keys although one has to wonder how often they change that. Walking through the airport people were very courteous. If you came to an area where you would have to pass slightly close to someone else they would stop and let you pass at a safe distance and they would say sorry, EH ? OK, they didnít really say that Canadian thing but everyone was respectful of distancing. Very few stores or food outlets open. All the drinking fountains were covered with signs on them.
Boarding Westjet didnít give me a good feeling. The plane came in and I didnít see a crew go onboard to disinfect. They gave us a disinfectant wipe at the door for our hands, trays and whatever else we felt a needed a wipe down. The plane was about half full.
From Kelowna we had to drive to our quarantine condo in Osoyoos. When I booked the rental car I called Budget first, told them we were arriving out of country and they said they could not rent to us. They said that Transport Canada regulations say that if they rent to people arriving from out of country then they have to quarantine the car for 14 days! What a crock. Someone misinterpreted the orders. I called Enterprise and told them we were from out of country and needed a one way rental to Osoyoos. He said no problem sir. He said drive directly to your place of quarantine. Park the car in a secure area and take a picture of the odometer, call us after four days and send us the photo. We will then send someone to pick up the car. He said disinfect the keys, put them in a ziplock baggie and toss them to the driver or have someone hand them to him if you canít get that close. Too easy and the charges were only the day rental and a $100.00 one way drop off fee. No cost to us for the four days it was parked.
Thatís our story. A little long winded because well .....I donít have a lot to do right now ! Stay safe and donít be afraid but do be careful. Life goes on and you can still enjoy yourself but in different and more cautious way.
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