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Smelt Fishing 2021

Smelt Fishing

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic more than one year ago, the Township of Billings has been committed to the protection of not only the Billings’ community, but the Island-wide community and the shared health care resources we all depend on. National, provincial and local health authorities have made it clear that it is not safe to gather with people outside of our households, and that masks and physical distancing are critical for personal and community protection both indoors and out. The province has declared a new State of Emergency and a Stay-at-Home Order has been issued.

It is within this context that the Township of Billings is closing the municipal lands adjacent to the Kagawong River for the duration of the 2021 smelt run, a time that typically sees large groups of people congregate shoulder-to-shoulder in the heart of Kagawong. Personnel will be on site during this time. The Township of Billings recognizes the rights of our indigenous neighbours and residents to access cultural heritage resources, including food harvesting. We understand that spending time outdoors is critical for wellbeing. We encourage everyone to follow the spirit and regulations of the provincial Stay at Home Order; wear a mask, maintain at least 6 feet distance from anyone not of your household, stay home except for essential needs, and be respectful towards anyone you may encounter.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.