COVID-19: Provincial Government of British Columbia Updates
British Columbia COVID-19 Dashboard click here
The Town has recently received a number of questions on how a ‘Vaccine Passport’ might be implemented for the Arena, Facilities and other Town operations this September. At this time, the Town does not have sufficient information on how and what operational requirements will accompany this new directive to offer concrete implementation guides for our stakeholders and user groups.
Once further information is available, our staff will work to ensure that operational requirements are communicated to relevant groups, so that planning can be made to protect public health and continue the activities that make our community vibrant.
If you have specific questions or concerns relating to the implementation of ‘Vaccine Passports’ or other COVID-19 rules for the Town of Smithers, please contact Director of Corporate Services, Duncan Malkinson, 250-847-1600.
Provincial information respecting the topic can be found here:
- Click for up to date information on the current Province-wide restrictions
Provincial COVID-19 Resources
BC Government COVID 19 Provincial Support and Information website provides a hub through which you can access critical information as it is updated, including the Provincial Health Officer’s Pandemic Preparedness Page and the BC Centre for Disease Control COVID site.
Toll-free non-health phone line at: 1 888 268-4319 (1-888-COVID19), is open between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. seven days a week for non-medical information about the emergency (including latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing, as well as access to support and services from the provincial and federal governments).
- Fact Sheet on various renters’ supports. The fact sheet will be translated into multiple languages and those will be posted through this week. You can also find more details on the BC Provincial Government's actions to support renters.
Province supporting people with relief on power bills during COVID-19
- COVID-19 on HealthLinkBC
Provincial Supports: Below is a rolling list of Provincial announcements to support people and businesses during the COVID19 pandemic. Please visit the COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information website for more information: gov.bc.ca/covid19
B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service Now Live! click here
To help B.C. businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the B.C. government, through the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness and the Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, have partnered with Small Business BC (SBBC) to launch a new B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service https://covid.smallbusinessbc.ca.
LIQUOR & CANNABIS REGULATION BRANCH
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.
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
Monday, August 17, 2020 B.C.'s Back to School Plan
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
A new app from the Ministry of Health COVID-19 BC Support App and Self-Assessment Tool is availble to download. The app will let you receive the latest updates, trusted resources, and alerts with regards to COVID-19.
Download the self-assessment app at https://bc.thrive.health/
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).
MINISTRY OF FORESTS, LANDS, NATURAL RESOURCE OPERATIONS and RURAL DEVELOPMENT, BC WILDFIRE SERVICE
April 17, 2020 Information Bulletin regarding a province-wide open burning prohibition that will be implemented at 12 noon Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on April 16, 2020.
Please continue to refer to our Fire Bans and Restrictions webpage for updated information.
To report unlawful open burning, call the 24/7 Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1 877 952-7277 or dial #7277 on a cell phone.
Since we are all at home but can’t burn, here are some activities from FireSmart Canada that we can do during COVID-19:
- Download the FireSmart Begins at Home app and undertake a structure ignition-zone assessment.
- Rake and remove tree needles and dry leaves within a minimum of 1.5 metres of a home’s foundation. As time permits, continue up to a 10-metre distance around the home. Dispose of collected debris in appropriate trash receptacles.
- Clean tree needles from the roof and gutters.
- Get out your measuring tape and see how close wood piles are located to the home. If closer than 10 metres, relocate and move the pile at least 10 metres from structures.
- Sweep porches and decks to clear them of leaves and tree needles. Rake under decks, porches, sheds and play structures.
- Mow grass to a height of 10 centimetres or less.
- Remove items stored under decks and porches and relocate them to a storage shed, garage, or basement. Gasoline cans and portable propane tanks should never be stored indoors and should be located away from the home.
- Go to firesmartbc.ca and read or watch the numerous resources that are available on the website.
- Take the FireSmart 101 course on firesmartcanada.ca