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Press Release COVID-19 Coronavirus Update #2
March 13, 2020
PANDEMIC COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS
#2 UPDATE MARCH 17, 2020
The District of Port Hardy Council and staff will be following all recommendations from the Province and Federal governments regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- People arriving from outside of Canada are asked to self-isolate, which means staying home and not going to work or school and monitor for symptoms for 14 days after arrival in Canada.1
- Prohibition of gatherings more than 50 people (Class Order mass gatherings re: COVID-19).2
District facilities including the Pool, Arena, Civic Centre, Curling Club, Harbour Offices and Fire Hall will remain closed to the general public until the end of March. Additional services including the Vancouver Island Regional Library and the Port Hardy Visitor Centre have also closed their doors to the public.
Until further notice, the Municipal Hall will remain open to the public. Council and Committee meetings are still being scheduled; however, attendance at those meetings will be limited to Council and Staff. If you wish to view a committee meeting or listen via phone, please contact the office at 250-949-6665 to arrange. Regular Council meetings are already streamed online.
Building Inspection Services will be limited. We will be able to process building permit applications as they are received. If you need to speak to the Inspector, please call the office to speak over the phone or to arrange an in-person meeting. On site inspections will be evaluated and are not guaranteed while we ensure the safety of our staff.
We encourage everyone to respect the requirements of the Health Authorities and the recommendations of the Province in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The most important thing you can do to prevent infection is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. 3
To help reduce your risk of infection:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection.
- If a sink is not available, alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them.
- Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.
- Practice social distancing.
Visit the BC Centre of Disease Control (bccdc.ca) or call 1-888-COVID19
to learn more about COVID-19, including prevention measures and when to seek medical attention.
Allison McCarrick, CAO
District of Port Hardy