In spite of unseasonable weather patterns, it looks like warmer weather is in the forecast for the near future. Town Council and staff wish you a happy and safe start to your summer. As we settle into Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, we are seeing an increase in travel to and from our community. As Dr. Henry states, “Whether you live in B.C., are a visitor from another province or in Canada for essential travel, we all have to do our part to protect or communities, or Elders and our loved ones. Following our rules for safe social interactions by keeping a safe physical distance from others, wearing a mask when maintaining distance is a challenge, keeping on top of hand hygiene and always staying home if you are sick will help protect all of us”. While cases continue to occur in B.C., there are no active community outbreaks in the Province which is a direct reflection of the actions being taken by our residents and visitors. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to keeping our Province’s COVID-19 curve flat.
COVID-19 Protection Measures For Inland Ferries – With increased travel a part of British Columbia’s transition to Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, passengers on the Province’s inland ferry system are reminded to adhere to Transport Canada’s COVID-19 safety protocols. Most importantly, all inland ferry passengers travelling by vehicle must remain in their vehicles for the duration of the trip to help protect the safety of passengers and crew. Passengers crossing Kootenay Lake who are not prepared to stay in the vehicle for the full duration of the 35-minute sailing should consider driving the Kootenay Pass instead of taking the ferry. Additional safety measures in place include the closure of all passenger amenities aboard the ferry to limit interaction amongst passengers and encouraging walk-on passengers, cyclists and motorcyclists to wear cloth masks and maintain physical distance in designated zones. Check DriveBC as busy sailings may experience higher wait times due to reduced passenger limits. For more information visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020TRAN0098-001211.
B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service – Numerous supports have been announced by the provincial and federal governments to support businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic. The B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service brings all the information together in one place, making it easy for businesses to access the resources they need. Accessible by phone, chat and email, Advisors are available Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST). Phone 1-833-254-4357, email email@example.com or live-chat on Small Business BC’s (SBBC’s) dedicated website: https://covid.smallbusinessbc.ca. In addition to the support service, SBBC continues to offer numerous other free and low-cost resources to help businesses succeed, including webinars and customized business advice, and the recently launched online non-medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Marketplace. For more information visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020JEDC0034-001218.