COVID-19: OTHER UPDATES
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 United Way of Northern BC - Canada's Emergency Community Support Fund
Friday, May 15, 2020 National Safe Boating Awareness Week - May 16 to 22, 2020
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 KEEP YOURSELF + OTHERS SAFE ON THE WATER
Ahoy Boaters! Due to these uncertain times, we are urging recreational boaters to think ahead about the actions that they can take to protect their health and safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. Boating can be a safe activity and a great way to spend time outside of your home. The Office of Safe Boating has released this message – please make sure you do your part to stay safe and keep others safe on the water. If you are able to get to your boat and to the water easily, read our recent post here for additional guidelines to keep in mind. Please note that BC Parks has closed all sites and there are many other municipal, provincial, and federal closures. Please plan accordingly.
FISHING IN BC The Sport Fishing Institute of BC would like to remind you that fishing is not cancelled.
For up to date information on Fishing and Hunting in BC, click here.
Monday, April 6, 2020 COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Guidance.
The public is advised to report any complaints of social distancing and self-isolation to the Ministry of Health at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319).
Smithers Bylaw Enforcement Officer will also be conducting regular pro-active patrols during the week, engaging with the public in an effort to educate them on proper social distancing requirements.
Thursday, April 2, 2020 BC Hydro Message:
Important information regarding help from BC Hydro during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found in this fact sheet.
In addition, here are two links that provide further information that may be of interest to you:
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Pacific Northern Gas Message:
At PNG, the health of our employees, customers and communities is our top priority. We are rapidly evolving our business practices to ensure we do our part in helping keep everyone protected during the COVID-19 pandemic while safely and reliably delivering the natural gas that our customers count on every day.
We understand that COVID-19 is creating financial hardship and uncertainty for many customers in your Municipalities. We are maintaining service for all customers during this time and are available to work with them on flexible payment options. Our customer service team is available to serve them, at 1-800-667-2297 or email@example.com and will work with them to find solutions.
At PNG, health and safety have always been our top priority. During the COVID-19 outbreak, we are revising our service offerings and policies protecting the wellbeing of employees, customers and the public. Given current federal and provincial health authority recommendations for social distancing, we have temporarily suspending non-essential, in-home customer service visits. Our focus now is on providing emergency response and high priority operations like maintenance and construction functions essential for safely and reliably delivering natural gas. If we do have to enter people’s homes, we will be wearing all the necessary PPE.
Contact: Chad Taylor, Manager, Customer Service, Smithers, BC, Phone: 778-640-4791or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, March 30, 2020 Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch Update:
- Order to Owners and Operators of Nightclubs and Food Drink Service
- COVID-19 Food and Beverage Sector Fact Sheet - March 27, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020 CN Rail Preparedness for COVID-19
First of all, the safety and health of our employees, customers, and community partners remains our top priority. CN continues to proactively respond to the developing COVID-19 pandemic, including working with provincial and federal health officials.
Safety is a core value at CN. We have on staff a medical team and occupational health department, who are playing a pivotal role in our pandemic planning and implementation. They are aligned and take direction from the World Health Organization, as well as Provincial and Federal authorities as required. They are also a member of the Association of American Railroad Health Committee where best practices are shared amongst North American railroads.
Two weeks ago, CN proactively implemented measures that include restricting non-essential employee travel, implemented social distancing, mandated work from home for employees not required on site, and amplified cleaning regimens on trains, cabs, bunkhouses, vehicles, tools, meeting rooms, terminals, offices, and other facilities. We also took the important step of segregating our rail traffic control functions and spreading these mission-critical employees over five highly secure sites where they are better protected from contamination.
Even with these measures, CN’s crews, operations, engineering and mechanical teams are still working around the clock to ensure a safe and efficient rail network – from trains to track. They continue to be in your community. Again, I want to assure you that CN is protecting these economically critical front line staff by implementing additional measures under the direction of our Occupational Health and Safety experts.
We believe our precautionary measures and responsible operations demonstrate CN’s commitment to the health and safety of communities where we operate. CN also provides updates on our website, including FAQ, which is available at: https://www.cn.ca/en/stories/20200320-covid-19-update/
CN is an essential service and must remain open. We continue to provide essential services to agricultural, food processing, and chemical companies, which provide inputs into countless consumer goods and fuel products. CN’s intermodal service provides transportation and logistics capabilities for the food and retail, medical and pharmaceutical sectors. We are able to do this because of the commitment of our employees. Their status as essential cannot be overestimated; neither can our contractors and supply chain partners. We are not alone in this mission. Businesses that supply essential services with the support, supplies, systems or services, including processing, packaging, warehousing, distribution, delivery and maintenance are critical to our operations. For example, our crews rely on hotels and motels to provide shelter and grocery and food delivery services.
To identify essential CN employees and contractors to our operations, CN’s Chief of Police and Chief Security Officer provided “letters of access” to railroad employees and contractors that are performing Essential Critical Infrastructure Work. These people also align with the British Columbia, Public Safety Minister’s announcement yesterday, which identifies which businesses the provincial government will deem essential. To view the provincial government’s list, please click HERE.
If you have any questions about the interconnectedness of any part of the supply chain or the precautionary measures CN is taking, please do not hesitate to contact me. Lindsay Brumwell, Manager, Public Affairs, West. T: 306-956-5401 | C: 639-318-6640
Thursday, March 26, 2020 Dawson Road Maintenance
Dawson Road Maintenance will be temporarily closing their offices to help keep our staff safe from COVID-19. All essential personnel will still be working in the office or in the field and practicing best methods to help prevent the spread of the virus.
As always, you can contact Dawson Road Maintenance 24/7 at 1-800-842-4122 for immediate assistance or in emergency road conditions. You can also submit feedback and concerns on our website at http://www.dawsonroadmaintenance.ca
During regular business hours, you can also reach us at 250-847-8737 in Smithers.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 No Wipes in the Pipes
Please DO NOT flush disinfecting wipes or wet wipes (moist towelette or baby wipes) down the toilet. Unlike toilet paper that usually breaks apart in about 24 hours or so, wet wipes will remain virtually imperishable even when flushed down the bowl. Most wet wipes contain plastic fibre, which makes them partially non-biodegradable. Many plumbing experts would attest to the fact that wet wipes have been found intact within drain pipes even after months of being flushed. To help keep the Smithers Sewer Treatment Plant running as efficiently as possible, please dispose of your used wipes in the garbage.
Thursday, March 19, 2020 Air Canada
Air Canada has suspended air travel into the Smithers Regional Airport for the month of April 2020. The airlines will be advising the public and the Town on any future suspensions beyond April.
- News Release - March 18, 2020 Air Canada Provides Update on Ongoing COVID-19 Response
Thursday, March 23, 2020 Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch Policy Directives
- Policy Directive 20-04 - Allows non-medical cannabis retail store licensees to offer reservations of non-medical cannabis products available in their store to customers via their website or by telephone, for pickup and payment in store.
- Policy Directive 20-05 - Allows food primary and liquor primary licensees to sell and deliver packaged liquor for off-site consumption to patrons with the purchase of a meal. This policy change remains in effect until July 15, 2020.
- Policy Directive 20-06 - States that the requirement for licensees to ensure all delivery persons delivering liquor with a meal from their establishment have valid Serving It Right certification will take effect April 20, 2020. This includes both licensee employees and delivery persons from third-party delivery services.
- Policy Directive 20-08 - Replaces Policy Directive 20-03, and authorizes distillery licensees to use their establishments to manufacture and/or package, sell or donate alcohol-based hand sanitizer until July 15, 2020.
Monday, March 16, 2020 The following Information Posters may be printed for your reference:
- Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19
- Handwashing with Soap and Water
- Coping with Stree During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Helping Children Cope with Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Monday, March 16, 2020 As per the Province of British Columbia's recent announcement with regards to the COVID-19 situation; effective, Monday, March 16, 2020, the following public facilities will be closed to the public until further notice:
- Smithers Public Library
- Bulkley Valley Regional Pool and Recreation Centre
- Smithers Civic Centre and Smithers New Arena
Friday, March 13, 2020 The Province of British Columbia directed that all event organizers cancel any gathering larger than 250 people. The Province has shared guidelines on mass gatherings to assit with the case by case assessment of the risks posed by public gatherings.
CBC NEWS - GET THE FACTS ON CORONAVIRUS
Health officials are currently investigating an outbreak of a 2019 novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) that began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.
COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness that has not been found in people before. It is not the same coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronaviurs (MERS-CoV) in 2012, however, it is the same family of virus.
Because this is a new virus, there are still things that we do not know, like how severe the illness can be, how well it spreads between people and other features of the viurs.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection.
For more information on COVID-19, please visit the following websites: