Gas prices in B.C.’s Southern Interior lower than normal, but have they dropped enough?

It’s not business as usual in the Okanagan, with many companies closing their doors because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Also not normal: low gas prices throughout the Southern Interior.

The price drop is being attributed to falling oil prices and less demand, as residents aren’t driving as much as they stay home to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

But are today’s prices in B.C.’s Southern Interior as low as they could be?

As of Saturday morning, according to GasBuddy, gas stations throughout the Central Okanagan were in lockstep at $1.099 a litre, as they have been since Tuesday.

In the North Okanagan, prices ranged from $1.029 to $1.079.

In the South Okanagan, prices had a wider range.

In Penticton, gas was selling between $1.089 to $1.100 a litre, while it was $1.089 a litre in Oliver and $1.119 in Osoyoos.

In the Shuswap, it was $1.099 in Salmon Arm and Sicamous, though smaller, nearby communities had cheaper pricing, ranging from 94.9 cents a litre to 99.9 cents a litre.

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