North Cowichan Maintains Essential Service Provision and Continues to Review Service Levels amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

(North Cowichan, BC) – During this unprecedented and challenging time, the Municipality of North Cowichan is taking measured, considerate steps to protect staff and residents, and slow the spread of COVID-19. As a result, on March 18, 2020, we moved to provision of essential services only, and are working to ensure that RCMP, Fire, sewer, water, waste-water treatment, and curbside collection continues.  At this time, staff continue to work to coordinate North Cowichan’s response to COVID-19. Given the fluid nature of this pandemic, we continue to assess provision of services and our ability to maintain service levels in a way that is safe for our staff. Members of the public are encouraged to direct all inquiries to info@northcowichan.ca, or 250.746.3100.

In addition to essential services, Bylaw enforcement will continue to respond to and investigate bylaw enforcement complaints, prioritized by their risk to public health and safety. Inquiries and complaints may be directed to Bylaw@northcowichan.ca

Parks and trails remain open to the public. However, playgrounds and park washroom facilities are closed, effective 4:30 pm March 20, 2020. North Cowichan Community Services staff continue to maintain parks at a reduced level, prioritizing matters based on risk to public health and safety. Inquiries may be directed to CommunityServices@northcowichan.ca   

As the weekend approaches, we want to remind everyone to practice social distancing, especially when accessing Municipal Parks and Trails. As Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s Public Health Officer, has stated, the importance of protective measures like social distancing cannot be overstated when it comes to slowing the spread of COVID-19. “These measures are not optional, and I am profoundly moved by the way our community has stepped up through this pandemic,” said Mayor, Al Siebring. “I want to remind everyone to be safe, and to be kind, we are all in this together. I also want to acknowledge our staff who working hard and making difficult decisions every day to ensure our community’s needs are met in a way that also keeps staff safe,” he concluded.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to the virus, please call 1-888-COVID19 or text 1-888-268-4319.

 

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Media Contact:         
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan
T 250.746.3117
E Mayor@northcowichan.ca