COVID-19 Communications

COVID-19 Communications

MEDIA RELEASES

  • News Release EMO - March 27 here
  • News Release - March 27 - here
  • News Release - March 24 - here
  • News Release - March 23 - here
  • News Release - March 20 - here
  • News Release - March 19 - here
  • News Release - March 18 - here
  • News Release - March 17 - here
  • Mayors Message - March 16 - here
  • New Release - March 6 - here

Overview
The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 virus to be a worldwide pandemic (the consistent spread of a new disease around the world in a population that has not yet gained immunity). The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and the BC Ministry of Health are closely monitoring the situation and will provide guidance, via Island Health to the Town.

Services & Facilities

The following Town facilities have been closed until further notice:

  • Town Hall (closed to the public but still conducting business)
  • Civic Centre
  • Community Hall
  • Veterans’ Way Washrooms
  • Digital Media Studio
  • Oceanside Hospice (Valhalla)
  • Municipal services remain uninterrupted at this time.
    Staff are available to assist via e-mail (qbtown@qualicumbeach.com), phone (250-752-6921), or mail (201 - 600 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1S7)

Other town-related facilities that have also decided to close are:

  • Qualicum Beach Museum
  • Public Library
  • Oceanside Community Safety Office
  • Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Course
  • Qualicum Beach Lawn Bowling Club
  • The Old School House
  • Qualicum Beach Seniors Activity Centre
  • Rotary Welch Park (refund of deposits forthcoming)
    For a list of other business closures in Qualicum Beach go the Chamber of Commerce site here

Meetings / Events

  • The Provincial Health Officer issued an order to prohibit all gatherings of 50 or more people.
  • Council Meetings and Committee of the Whole Meetings will continue (with a maximum limit of 50 people)
  • In an effort to encourage physical distancing, we ask residents to consider the following alternatives:
    • View Council Meetings from home via live streaming.
    • Send comments to be included in our correspondence log (see contact details in the footer)
    • Send any questions or comments about meeting agendas to qbtown@qualicumbeach.com.
  • Open House & Committee/Commission meetings will be suspended until further notice.


    Cancelled / Postponed Events

    • Regular Council Meeting (April 1) Cancelled
    • Committee of the Whole (April 15) - Cancelled
    • Investors Walk for Alzheimers (May 3) - Cancelled
    • Youth Appreciation Day (May 7) - Cancelled
    • Family Day (May 24) - Cancelled
    • Timberfest – Event Postponed
    • St. Mark’s Fair (July 25) – Event Postponed

Stepping up Hygiene

  • All municipal facilities are being cleaned more frequently, especially doors and common areas.
  • Staff are following proper hand washing protocols, and respiratory etiquette for coughing and sneezing.
  • Staff are being encouraged to stay home if they feel ill.

Communication Updates
The Town will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will release additional information as it is available. We are in close communication with Island Health who have the expertise to provide guidance and advice. The most up to date information will be posted on the following locations:

We encourage you to continue to exercise good hygiene habits, practice adequate physical distancing, and continue to be a community that supports one another!

Cliamte Leader
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