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Mayor of White Rock pleading people living outside community to stay away

FILE - The White Rock promenade now allows dogs. (Credit: Screenshot/Google Maps)

The Mayor of White Rock is urging people who don't live in the area, to stay away from the picturesque community

WHITE ROCK (NEWS 1130) — As the province tries to crack down on non-essential travel, the mayor of White Rock is urging people who don’t live in the area to stay away from the picturesque community.

Darryl Walker is pleading with people to stay close to home and not travel unless it’s absolutely essential.

“These are challenging times, and everyone is trying to do their part,” he says.

“If you are not local, we look forward to welcoming you back when it’s safe to do so. There are many beautiful places in B.C., so please stay close to home and enjoy your neighbourhood.”

If you live in White Rock or South Surrey, or are from the Semiahmoo First Nation, you are allowed in the area, but Walker advises to mask up if you’re going to a popular spot like the iconic White Rock Pier.

“Get takeout from our local restaurants, use curbside pickup and follow all COVID-19 safety rules if you are going into stores, eating outside at restaurants, or enjoying the outdoors,” he adds.