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Message from SLRD Board Chair June 26, 2020
We have arrived at Stage 3 of the Province’s re-opening plan. While that is welcome news, let’s not get carried away! Stage 3 is not a return to pre-COVID conditions.
The BC advisory says: Travel is different this year. The precautions you take at home should also be taken when you are away. Some towns, communities and regions who rely on tourism are eager to welcome B.C. visitors with safety measures in place. Others might be hesitant to welcome outside visitors this summer and people need to respect that. We encourage British Columbians to be respectful of the communities you plan to visit and be safe as you enjoy the many beautiful locations across our province.
As I said last week, many of our First Nations communities are very concerned for their people, especially their elders, so please factor this into your decision about which lake to go to, which trail to hike.
Further advice from the Province is: When you hit the open roads this summer, you are not leaving COVID-19 behind. Consider the health and safety of people in your bubble, and whether you want to take any extra risks. If you decide to travel, take the same health and safety precautions you do at home.
- Wash your hands often
- Practice safe distancing, 2 m
- Spend time in small groups and open spaces
- Clean spaces often
If you are feeling sick, stay home. No exceptions. If symptoms develop while travelling, self-isolate immediately and contact 8-1-1 for guidance and testing.
Premier Horgan said this week that “this summer is not the summer for your family reunion at the cottage.” Even within our region, each community is at a different stage of “re-opening” so even though we are at Stage 3, we should still be thinking locally and thinking about what we can do with friends and family close to home.
It is also important to remember to play and to recreate safely. Search and Rescue teams have been having a busy time so if you are venturing up a mountain, going on the water, riding some of the great trails in the region, please plan and think ahead so that you reduce the chance of becoming a SAR statistic.
Finally, unfortunately Stage 3 does not signal an end to the demand at food banks. Many families including children are still finding it difficult to secure enough food and continue to need our help.
Remember that you can easily donate to the regional Feed the Need Campaign on the Sea to Sky Community Services website: https://www.sscs.ca/feed-the-need/
I cannot think of a better way to sign off than with Dr. Bonnie Henry’s charge to us: Be kind, be calm, be safe.
Have a great Canada Day next week.
Chair, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
SLRD COVID-19 NOTICES:
June 26, 2020 NOTICE: Message from the SLRD Board Chair
June 19, 2020 NOTICE: Message from the SLRD Board Chair
June 11, 2020 NOTICE: Message from the SLRD Board Chair
June 5, 2020 NOTICE: Message from the SLRD Board Chair
May 28, 2020 NOTICE: Message from the SLRD Board Chair
May 22, 2020 NOTICE: Message from the SLRD Board Chair
May 14, 2020 NOTICE: Message from the SLRD Board Chair
May 8, 2020 NOTICE: Message from the SLRD Board Chair
April 30, 2020 NOTICE: Message from the SLRD Board Chair
April 23, 2020 NOTICE: Message from the SLRD Board Chair
April 18, 2020 NOTICE: Message from the SLRD Board Chair
April 9, 2020 NOTICE: Message from the SLRD Board Chair
April 4, 2020 NOTICE: Message from SLRD Board Chair
April 2, 2020 NOTICE: Temporary Closure of Britannia Beach Playground and Trails
March 31, 2020 NOTICE: Temporary Closure of Furry Creek Beach Access
March 30, 2020 NOTICE: Province Offers Guidance to Retail Food and Grocery Stores Operating During COVID-19
March 27, 2020 NOTICE: Message from SLRD Board Chair
March 27, 2020 NOTICE: Open Burning Restrictions in Place
March 26, 2020 NOTICE: Notice of Changes to Procedure for Receiving Requests For Proposals
March 26, 2020 NOTICE: State of Local Emergency Suspended
March 26, 2020 NOTICE: Temporary Closure of Naylor Way
March 22, 2020 NOTICE: Notice from SLRD Board Chair
March 21, 2020 NOTICE: Notice to Avoid Travel Outside of Your Home Community
March 21, 2020 NOTICE: Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
March 20, 2020 NOTICE: State of Local Emergency Declared
March 19, 2020 NOTICE: Free Stores to Close Temporarily
March 18, 2020 NOTICE: SLRD Administration Building is Closed Until Further Notice - Staff Available Remotely
SLRD COVID-19 NEWS RELEASES:
April 21, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) Hosts First Virtual Board Meeting in Response to COVID-19
April 17, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Communities Launch "Feed the Need" Program to Support Local Food Banks
April 7, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Communities in Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Ask Visitors Not To Come During COVID-19 Pandemic
March 18, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) Announces Changes in Light of COVID-19 Situation
If you are concerned about COVID-19 symptoms, do not go to your local health clinic or hospital. Instead, call the Provincial Healthlink line at: 8-1-1.
Health authorities advise that the most important steps residents can take to protect themselves and the community from COVID-19 include:
- Stay home from work, school, social gatherings and events if you are experiencing any illness (even mild symptoms).
- Practice social distancing - maintain a one-metre distance between yourself and anyone else who is coughing or sneezing.
- Forgo usual greetings (e.g. handshakes or hugs).
- Avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada.
- Anyone returning from travel outside of Canada is asked to stay away from work or school for 14 days upon their return.
- Cancel gatherings of 50 or more people.
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Limit contact with people who appear to be ill.
Links to Information Sources:
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- First Nations Health Authority
- Interior Health Authority
- Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
- Government of Canada
- Sea to Sky Healing Project
Toolkit for mental health in the time of COVID-19
- Sea to Sky Community Services
SSCS continues to operate and offer programs and services during the health crisis. Resources, help and support for children, youth and adults.
- Vancouver Coastal Health
- Interior Health
- Bounceback BC
Free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.
- Mental Health and Susbtance Use Supports in BC
- Mental Well-being during COVID-19 - BC Centre For Disease Control
- Crisis Centre BC
The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC (Crisis Centre) is committed to helping people help themselves and others deal with crisis, 24/7 distress phone and online services, both of the 310-6789 and 1-800-SUICIDE phone lines are available in over 140 languages.
- Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression - BC Government
- Virtual Mental Health Supports During COVID-19
- Mental Health Check-In - Canadian Mental Health Association - BC Division
This tool will help you take a look at your mental health and wellness in light of COVID-19. Crisis line available.
- Anxiety Canada
Online resource providing self-help information, community programs and workshops in British Columbia, resources for parents and caregivers treating anxiety.
- Supporting Children During COVID-19
Free, on-demand webinar
- Provincial Support
- Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses
- District of Lillooet
- Village of Pemberton
- Resort Municipality of Whistler
- District of Squamish
- Squamish Chamber of Commerce
- Whistler Chamber of Commerce
- Pemberton Chamber of Commerce
- Lillooet Chamber of Commerce
- Worksafe BC
- Small Business BC Support Service
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program
- Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program
- Canadian Business Resilience Reopening Toolkit