UPDATE Monday March 16, 2020: Listen to Mayor Sulz as he provides residents and visitors an update regarding City precautions during COVID-19.
Mayor’s Report COVID-19
Both the Federal and Provincial governments made new public messages regarding the management of the COVID-19 virus this morning. The City of Revelstoke supports these provincial and federal regulations that were put in place this morning. In response to these new regulations, we recognize the increased exposure Revelstoke faces as a community; in order to manage this evolving situation we have decided to implement the following extra precautions;
- All emergency services will continue as usual, public access to Fire and RCMP buildings will be limited to the use of the outside intercom system, telephone or email correspondence
- Public Works services will continue as usual with the exception of the office being closed to the public
- Arena and Aquatic and Fitness Centre will be closed as of 4:00 today
- Aquatic Centre passholders will receive an extension for the shut down period
- Program refunds will also be issued
- Daycamps have been cancelled in the interim
- City Hall – doors will be closed to the general public; payments will be accepted through online banking.
- The City is looking at ways to assist the development community using online services and will report out on these tools when enhanced services can be implemented. Applicants will be taken online and waiving the need to personally come into the office. Staff will be available via email and phone to address questions and status of applications.
- Visitor Information Centre will be limited to telephone and email services
- Revelstoke Museum and Archives will be closed to the public as of 4:30 today
The continuation of business is important to the City of Revelstoke, staff will continue to work and develop ways to serve the public through this difficult time. Contingency plans are in place to operate with a reduced workforce should municipal employees become infected.
Emergency Planning is a main function of a municipality to ensure that we are able to provide services to the community whether planning for a pandemic, flood or wildfire. The City of Revelstoke has a comprehensive emergency plan in place which includes collaboration with local health authorities to create contingency plans on how to handle the surge in patients. The City continues to suggest that all residents follow recommendations as listed on the Interior Health website to ensure the health and safety of themselves and loved ones.
During this crisis, as your Mayor, I encourage you to take care of yourselves and reach out to your neighbours. As a community, support each other in protecting those most vulnerable, such as the seniors and those already compromised by health issues.
Post from March 12, 2020:
The health and well-being of our community and visitors is always our number one priority. The City of Revelstoke is in daily communications with Interior Health and Federal Agencies and is closely monitoring the situation with the Coronavirus, COVID-19. All levels of Government are working together to provide a coordinated approach and consistent messaging. The City of Revelstoke and Interior Health are prepared and have Emergency Plans in place in case of a pandemic. Please follow the Interior Health Website https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/CommunicableDiseaseControl/Pages/Breaking-News-and-Info.aspx for information on what is happening in our area, additional resources and what to do if you think you may have been exposed to or are experiencing symptoms.
Key facts about Coronavirus Disease
• The risk of COVID-19 transmission continues to remain low for residents of British Columbia.
• Anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to, or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, should contact their primary care provider or call 8-1-1.
• The Public Health Agency of Canada has set up a COVID-19 telephone information line at: 1-833-784-4397.
We will provide updates at they are required – City of Revelstoke