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emergency operations centre bulletins

The EOC information bulletins will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Chair Pratt will be doing community video messages on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

SCRD Service Updates

March 30

Sunshine Coast Transit Notice to Riders:

  • Please be patient as transit works to monitor passenger capacity on buses to allow for physical distancing. If the bus passes by, it is because the driver has reached the limit to allow for physical distancing. www.bctransit.com/sunshinecoast/home
  • Effective immediately, customers carrying bags of recycled items (i.e. cans, bottles, etc.) on board buses will not be allowed to board the bus.

March 24

  • All playgrounds are closed.
  • Sechelt Landfill and Pender Harbour Transfer Station: Both facilities are extremely busy and the SCRD is asking customers to limit their visits. Customers should expect delays.

March 23

  • SCRD Garbage Collection: Please wear gloves and wash your hands after you collect your garbage can from the curb as it was just handled by someone else. If possible, sanitize your garbage can prior to returning it to your home. This is because you are essentially “shaking hands” with your garbage truck driver.

March 22

  • With the rapidly rising use of sanitizing and disposable wipes amid the COVID-19 crisis, residents are reminded of the importance of NOT flushing wipes of any sort - including those labelled “Flushable” or “Biodegradable”. We are already seeing impacts on our sewer systems due to the increase in usage of these wipes.

March 21

  • SCRD Garbage Collection: A friendly reminder to ensure all garbage is bagged, particularly used tissues and personal hygiene products. This is to protect the health and safety of the garbage truck drivers.
  • Sechelt Landfill and Pender Harbour Transfer Station: Both facilities are extremely busy and the SCRD is asking customers to limit their visits. Customers should expect delays.

March 20:

  • Effective immediately transit customers on the Sunshine Coast are asked to board using the rear door to enhance social distancing for drivers and passengers. Accessible boarding is still available through the front door. Fares will not be collected at this time.
  • 2020 Rural Areas Grant-in-Aid applications will be accepted by mail, by e-mail to tara.crosby@scrd.ca and also at the drop slot at SCRD Main Office at 1975 Field Road on the side entrance of the building (staff are checking daily).

March 19:

  • Update for the South Coast Residential Green Waste Drop-off Depot: the depot is temporarily closed due to the site being full and will reopen as soon as possible.
  • Our bylaw staff are working in a limited capacity. They will not be able to go out on calls or respond to any dog complaints. They will only address complaints via phone 604-885-6817 or email at Bylaw.Compliance@scrd.ca. You can complete this form.

March 18:

  • Drop-off of books at Gibsons Recycling Depot is continuing. However, reuse of the books is suspended.
  • Pender Harbour Transfer Station Share Shed is closed.

March 17:

  • The following SCRD facilities are closed to the public: all recreation facilities, Dakota Ridge, community halls, sports fields, Field Road Administration Building. SCRD parks remain open for public use; service levels may be reduced.
  • Members of the public requiring assistance from staff are asked to email info@scrd.ca.
  • Protocols will be put in place to allow some staff members to work from home.
  • All Board and Standing Committee meetings will be conducted electronically. The public can view them at www.youtube.com/user/sunshinecoastrd. Agendas will be posted at www.scrd.ca/agendas-2020
  • Advisory and Advisory Planning Commission meetings have been cancelled until further notice.
  • Garbage will be collected as per regular schedules: www.scrd.ca/curbside-garbage
  • Transit will continue as per regular schedules www.bctransit.com/sunshine-coast/home
  • Building Permit and Inspection Services will continue.
  • Water and Sewer services will continue.
  • Sechelt Landfill and Pender Harbour Transfer Station will remain open.

What you can do

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • If you think you may have symptoms of coronavirus, call 8-1-1 or use this online tool for an assessment. Do not drop in to local doctor's office facilities without calling first.
  • Good hygiene: Wash hands frequently with soap and water, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing (such as coughing into your elbow or using a tissue)
  • Avoid touching your face
  • If you are returning from international travel, including the United States, please self-isolate (stay home) for 14 days. This includes all members of the household, even if they were not travelling with you.
  • Practice social distancing

Physical Distancing

We encourage social behaviour by phone, text, message and video chat – or just from a safe distance.

This means making changes in your everyday routines to minimize close contact with others, including:

  • avoiding non-essential gatherings
  • avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
  • avoiding crowded places such as concerts, arenas, conferences and festivals
  • limiting contact with people at higher risk like older adults and those in poor health
  • keeping a distance of at least 2 arms-length (approximately 2 metres) from others

Self-isolate if you:

  • have no symptoms and
  • may have been exposed to COVID-19 as a result of:
    • travelling outside of Canada within the last 14 days or
    • coming in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • have been asked to do so by your Public Health Authority

Self-isolation means to:

  • stay at home
  • monitor yourself for symptoms, even if mild, for 14 days
  • avoid contact with others

If you develop symptoms, even if mild, stay home, avoid other people and contact your Vancouver Coastal Health as soon as possible.

If you are sick

If you are sick, stay home. Avoid contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease to others in your home and your community. If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, it is expected that you take the following measures:

  • Stay home
  • Limit contact with others in the home
  • Keep your hands clean
  • Avoid contaminating common items and surfaces
  • Care for yourself

Read Health Canada’s instructions for isolating at home

resources for the community

BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)
Health Canada
Vancouver Coastal Health
Province of BC Pandemic Preparedness
BC Ministry of Health COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool
Sunshine Coast Division of Family Practice Updates

Coronavirus information lines:
Novel coronavirus information: 1-833-784-4397
Health information Line 8-1-1

Provincial and Federal Health Authorities are the lead agencies for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially classified the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) as a pandemic. The SCRD is continuing to follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Provincial Health Officer.

Viruses, like COVID-19, are spread by an infected person through droplets in the air when a person coughs or sneezes, close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Help prevent the spread by washing your hands and staying home if you are feeling unwell. In cold and flu season it is always respectful to not go to work or in public places when you are showing signs of illness. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing call 8-1-1 in advance.

SCRD facilities have increased cleaning frequency and are taking extra precautions to help prevent the spread.