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COVID-19

The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve.  The health and safety of our communities are our top priority and we will continue to keep you informed.

COVID-19 Information

The British Columbia government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the province-wide response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) will continue to follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Provincial Health Officer and continue to keep the community updated through this page, news releases and social media channels (primarily Facebook).

COVID-19 is spread by an infected person through droplets in the air when a person coughs or sneezes, close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

At this time, public health officials recommend the same precautions you would use to prevent the common cold or flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water,
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing,
  • Avoid others who are unwell
  • Please stay home when you are sick
  • Call 1.888.COVID19 to speak with public health staff if you are experiencing symptoms

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SRD Closures, Cancellations & Operational Changes:

Facility Closures

SRD Parks & Facilities CLOSED due to nature of park use and facilities within them

  • Mitlenatch Park – Electoral Area D
  • Hagel Park – Electoral Area D
  • Maple Park Community Garden – Electoral Area D
  • Cortes Island Skate Park – Electoral Area B
  • Blenkin Park Facilities (playgrounds, swings, tennis/basketball court and skatepark) – Electoral Area C

All other SRD parks and trails remain OPEN at this time.
While enjoying SRD parks and trails please practice social distancing by staying at least 1.8 meters or six feet apart from other park users.  Preliminary studies have shown COVID-19 can live up to three days on plastic and steel surfaces.  Please take extra precautionary measures and practice self sanitizing if touching public surfaces such as rails, handles etc.  If you are feeling unwell or have been in contact with someone positive for COVID-19 please do not visit SRD parks and trails at this time.

SRD Services

  • Quathiaski Cove Sewer: All operations and legislative testing will continue as usual and a business contingency plan is in place if needed.
  • Water (Electoral Area D): All testing and operations are continuing as per usual with no concerns as to water quality or delivery.
  • Waste Services: (Electoral Area A): SRD waste services continue as usual; however we are encouraging limiting your trips to the landfill. Zeballos landfill isn’t collecting cash but keeping a tab for residents bringing garbage to the facility.  Updates to the Sayward cleanup day event will be posted once a decision is made by the CSWM.
  • Waste Services: (Electoral Area B): Curbside garbage pick up is continuing as usual. The recycling building and Free Store are closed until further notice, curbside recycling is cancelled and residents are asked to bring household garbage only to the centre at this time.
  • Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) – Facilities are open but encouraging social distancing and the limiting of trips to the landfill, if absolutely necessary.  Landfill is not accepting cash at this time and the Return-It depot in Campbell River is closed.  More information here.
  • SAYWARD Clean Up Days Event – April 18th & 19th cancelled. Will be rescheduled at a later date.

Board Meetings

  • Due to the orders of the CMHO regarding limits on gatherings and social distancing, the Board’s meeting schedule has been disrupted.
  • We realize that the disruption causes inconvenience and hardship for persons waiting for decisions on rezonings, service initiatives and other matters of importance.
  • The Province of BC has recently passed an order which allows local councils and regional boards to hold meetings while excluding the public.
  • We are working to find a technological solution that will allow directors to participate electronically in meetings so that the important business of the Board can continue during the current state of emergency.
  • We will continue to update the public through the SRD website regarding the status of meetings on the current calendar.

Public Hearing Cancellations

While the Strathcona Regional District continues to provide important services to the community, to be in line with the Provincial Public Health Order, it is necessary for the SRD to defer all scheduled public hearings until further notice.  As a result, the public hearing scheduled on Quadra Island for April 29, 2020 to consider Bylaw Nos. 383 and 384 (BC Ferries) and the public hearing scheduled on Cortes Island for April 30, 2020 to consider Bylaw Nos. 379 and 380 (Cortes Island Seniors Society) have been cancelled.

The SRD will do its best to continue to process official community plan amendment and rezoning applications in a timely manner and in doing so, the SRD will give consideration to waiving public hearings where permitted by the Local Government Act.

Building Services Update

The SRD proudly continues to provide services for residents, local builders and developers in light of COVID-19. To be compliant with COVID-19 directives, the SRD has adopted unique measures to enable community services staff to continue to provide services through a combination of work from home and electronic means.

With a few limitations, the SRD continues to provide, process or issue:

  • Planning applications such as zoning or official community plan amendments, development permits, development variance permits – processed electronically
  • New Building Permit Applications – received electronically and/or via SRD reception drop box (990 Cedar Street weekdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Building Inspections, where required public health directives can be met
  • Engineering Applications such as water and sewer service requests
  • BC One Calls continue as normal

The SRD has replaced in-person meetings with contact via telephone, email and electronic video conferencing. Cash transactions are not accepted at this time; however the SRD can receive cheques by mail and electronic payments through on-line banking.

For more information, or to ask development-related questions, please email planning@srd.ca or call 250-830-6718.

Fire Restrictions

  • Provincial government has issued open burning restrictions for portions of the SRD effective immediately for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones across the province until Wednesday April 15th, 2020.  No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires. Campfires which are defined as a fire less than 50 cm used for heat, cooking or recreational purposes using firewood are still permitted.This applies to portions of Gold River, Sayward, Campbell River, Electoral Area D (Oyster Bay / Buttle Lake), Cortes Island, Quadra Island and surrounding areas.High Sensitive Smoke Areas are shown on this map in yellow.  For further info please contact the Coastal Fire Centre at 250-951-4209 or e-mail bcws.cofcinformationofficer@gov.bc.ca
  • Black Creek / Oyster Bay Fire Protection Area which encompasses a southern portion of the Strathcona Regional District’s Electoral Area D can expect open fire restrictions effective April 1st, 2020.  Open fires will be banned, with the exception of a campfire which is defined as a fire less than 50 cm used for heat, cooking or recreational purposes using firewood.A regional map indicating the area of the Black Creek / Oyster Bay Fire Protection Area located in Electoral Area D can be viewed online at www.srd.ca/fire-protection-map.  Burning violation in the BCOB Area, can be reported by contacting the Oyster River Fire Department’s Duty Officer at 250-830-7155.
  • More information can be found on current bans and restrictions for the rest of Electoral Area D, north Quadra Island, Cortes Island, Electoral Area A and the outer Discovery Islands online on the BC Wildfire Service website at http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp or by calling the Coastal Fire Centre at 250-951-4222.

Recreation Sites & Trails in BC

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development have closed all Rec Sites in BC.

Additionally, Ripple Rock Trail has been closed due to it’s extremely high use and features infrastructure which is conducive to Covid-19 transfer (common tables, railing, handles, etc).

Updates can be found on www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca


Official Information Sources

Please be cautious of information you read about the virus online and stick with reputable sites and Government information updates.  There are regular updates coming from the Ministry of Health and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, that include advice for the public.

Here are some sources to stay up-to-date on the COVID-19 pandemic:


COVID-19 Summary of Public Health Orders & Gov’t Announcements:

This is a regularly evolving situation, with changes on a day-by-day and even hour-by-hour basis.  To ensure you have the most up-to-date information, we recommend reviewing the official information sources listed above as they are updated frequently.

View SRD’s weekly summaries:

 


FAQ’s & How to Prevent Spreading COVID-19

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW TO PREVENT SPREADING COVID-19 – It continues to be extremely important that everyone works to prevent the spread of this disease. Even if you do not personally feel like you are at risk of getting sick, we must each do our part to protect other, more vulnerable community members. Slowing transmission helps our health care system keep up with the disease.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Sneeze/cough into your elbow
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Maintain 2m distance from others
  • STAY HOME if you are sick, even if it is not COVID-19.

Do I need testing?  Please use the online BC COVID-19 Self Assessment tool: covid19.thrive.health


COVID-19 Community Resources

IMPORTANT INFO FOR SENIORS & PEOPLE WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Because older adults, and people with medical conditions are at greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19, the Strathcona Regional District and City of Campbell River are sharing important information to help keep community members healthy. 

BC FERRIES

Phone: 1-888-223-3779
Website: COVID-19 information

CAMPBELL RIVER AND DISTRICT DIVISION OF FAMILY PRACTICE

Website: COVID-19 Info

CAMPBELL RIVER AND DISTRICT COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS

Website: Daily updates for housing providers and those serving vulnerable populations.

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 72

Phone: 250-830-2300
Website: District News


COVID-19 Small Business Resources

Please find links below with resources for small businesses from a variety of government and industry sources around COVID-19 and emergency preparedness.

BC Economic Development Association:

BC Hydro offers billing help during outbreak:

  • The COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program provides customers the option to defer bill payments or arrange for flexible payment plans with no penalty. Customers are encouraged to call BC Hydro’s customer team at 1 800 BC HYDRO (1 800 224 9376) to discuss bill payment options. Commercial customers will be eligible for relief on a case by case basis.
  • Customers facing temporary financial hardship and possible disconnection of their service due to job loss, illness, or loss of a family member may also be eligible for BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund, which provides access to grants of up to $600 to pay their bills.

BC Restaurant & Food Services: For updates follow BCRFA on Twitter

Business Development Bank of Canada:

Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19. With flexible and tailored solutions, BDC can help you through this situation with the right financing and advice for your business.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Preparedness Business Guide here

Calling All Suppliers – Help Canada Combat COVID-19:

  • The Government of Canada is seeking information from suppliers on their ability to provide products and services. Fill out this form if you can provide items from the list below, or any other product or services not listed.
  • Products: Disposable N95 masks, Disposable Surgical masks, Nitrile gloves, Vinyl gloves, Gowns, Bottles of hand sanitizer, Other prevention products.
  • Services: Guard / security services, Nursing services, Food services, Laundry services, Accommodation maintenance services, Personal services, IT support services, Other services.

Destination BC: Emergency Preparedness for BC’s Tourism Industry here and specific info about the Coronavirus here

Destination Canada: COVID-19 Updates here

Emergency Preparedness BC: Small Business and Tourism Operator Emergency Planning hereincluding:

Employment Insurance:

  • Contact the new dedicated toll-free phone number if you are in quarantine and seeking to waive the one-week EI Sickness Benefits waiting period so you can be paid for the first week of your claim:

Export Development Canada: Information for Canadian exporters impacted by COVID-19 here

FortisBC:

  • COVID-19 may have financial impacts to FortisBC customers. They encourage customers to reach out and let them know if you are having difficulty with your bill so they can help find a solution.

Small Business BC: COVID-19 Small Business Resources here