COVID-19 Updates and Resources

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COVID-19 SUPPORT RESOURCES

We have provided a comprehensive list of resources as support for residents and businesses to help navigate the overwhelming amount of information about the COVID -19 pandemic. We understand it may be difficult to navigate through the available information and hope we have provided a reliable list of web pages and links for your reference.

City services continue to operate to support the community. In an effort to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff, encourage physical distancing and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, reopening of services has been a gradual, multi-step approach.

FINANCE open Monday to Friday – 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Parksville is offering limited services to the public. The finance department is open to accept property tax payments, utility payments, tickets/licence fee payments and to process homeowner grants. You may also purchase bus passes, dog licences and building permits. All other City business is by appointment and walk-in services are not available. To book an appointment, call 250 248-6144 or refer to contact info on our website. Please continue to access our services electronically.

As well, the City has resumed such activities as in-person public hearings and community engagement, with sanitation and distance protocols in place. To accommodate physical distancing and attendance of Council and staff at in-person meetings in the Forum, seating is extremely limited. Unless there is a reason to attend in person, please continue to view meetings online. Comments may be emailed to council@parksville.ca

The City is now issuing special event permits, including recreational sports bookings, provided the event hosts have appropriate COVID response and mitigation plans. Residents and visitors using City facilities must follow public health requirements. In accordance with provincial guidelines, signage is posted at City Hall and in our parks and open spaces to remind the public of rules in place. Information on City services and amenities, as well as updates on access, may be found on the City’s website.

COVID-19 SUPPORT RESOURCES

We have provided a comprehensive list of resources as support for residents and businesses to help navigate the overwhelming amount of information about the COVID -19 pandemic. We understand it may be difficult to navigate through the available information and hope we have provided a reliable list of web pages and links for your reference.

City services continue to operate to support the community. In an effort to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff, encourage physical distancing and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, reopening of services has been a gradual, multi-step approach.

FINANCE open Monday to Friday – 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Parksville is offering limited services to the public. The finance department is open to accept property tax payments, utility payments, tickets/licence fee payments and to process homeowner grants. You may also purchase bus passes, dog licences and building permits. All other City business is by appointment and walk-in services are not available. To book an appointment, call 250 248-6144 or refer to contact info on our website. Please continue to access our services electronically.

As well, the City has resumed such activities as in-person public hearings and community engagement, with sanitation and distance protocols in place. To accommodate physical distancing and attendance of Council and staff at in-person meetings in the Forum, seating is extremely limited. Unless there is a reason to attend in person, please continue to view meetings online. Comments may be emailed to council@parksville.ca

The City is now issuing special event permits, including recreational sports bookings, provided the event hosts have appropriate COVID response and mitigation plans. Residents and visitors using City facilities must follow public health requirements. In accordance with provincial guidelines, signage is posted at City Hall and in our parks and open spaces to remind the public of rules in place. Information on City services and amenities, as well as updates on access, may be found on the City’s website.

  • EMO News Release - November 20, 2020

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    20 Nov 2020
    As announced yesterday, by order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer, all individuals, places of work and businesses in BC must significantly reduce their level of social interactions and travel. These new measures are intended to address the province's second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and to keep our schools and businesses open. The order is in effect until midnight, December 7, 2020.

    The City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach follow the direction of the Provincial Health Officer and Island Health and align operations with the phases of the BC's Restart Plan. We have provided a summary of the new regulations for our residents below and a link to the updated province-wide restrictions is provided here.

    No social gatherings
    No social gatherings, inside or outside, of any size with anyone other than your immediate household or core bubble. This means no gatherings outdoors including your backyard, no playdates for children and most importantly do not invite friends or extended family to your household. Immediate household is defined as those people living in the same household.

    For those living alone, they can continue to see the same one or two people of their core bubble such as a partner, relative, friend or co-parent.

    Activities which are not considered a social gathering are going for a walk, parents carpooling kids to and from school and grandparents providing childcare. Please refer to the BC province-wide restriction available here for allowable services, religious and cultural gatherings, workplaces, restaurants and bars and indoor activities such as gyms and recreation facilities.

    Mandatory mask requirements
    Masks are now mandatory for everyone in all public indoor settings and workplaces. Examples provided are retail stores, recreation centres, libraries, common areas in hotels and in restaurants/bars when not seated at a table and at municipal halls.

    Essential travel only
    At this time, all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of British Columbia and between regions of the province. Essential travel is considered regular travel for work within your region and for things such as medical appointments and hospital visits.

    General information
    Concerns or questions about COVID-19 such as symptoms or exposure should be addressed directly to Island Health (not your local government). Island Health is positioned to answer any questions regarding outbreaks and public exposures and is doing the necessary trace contacting and identifying those who should self-isolate. Please refer to the Island Health website for more information.

    Business at both the City of Parksville or Town of Qualicum Beach is by appointment only and walk-in services are not available. Masks are mandatory when entering the buildings and visitors will be asked to provide contact information for the purposes of contact tracing.
    We appreciate the support of our residents as we adjust our operations to working with these new regulations. The safety of our residents and staff continues to be our priority. The choices we all make over the next few weeks will make a difference and will support our businesses and schools to stay open. Thank you for continuing to do your part in keeping us safe and helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    For information, contact:
    Rob Daman Emergency Program Coordinator Town of Qualicum Beach rdaman@qualicumbeach.com
    Aaron Dawson Emergency Program Coordinator City of Parksville adawson@parksville.ca
    Deb Tardiff Manager of Communications City of Parksville dtardiff@parksville.ca
  • EMO News Release - November 17, 2020

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    18 Nov 2020

    Since late summer, COVID-19 case counts continue to increase in the number of active cases and people in isolation. Although most cases are concentrated in the Fraser Health region, COVID-19 continues to spread in all health regions in BC including Vancouver Island as is evidenced by the increased case counts over the past two weeks.

    A few weeks ago, the Province of BC implemented a province-wide order limiting social gatherings in private homes to your immediate household; the people who live in your home, plus a maximum of six other people (your safe six). This order applies to all homes and for all occasions within Island Health. A household is defined as a group of people who live in the same dwelling. If you have a rental suite in your home, the suite is a separate household. If you live in an apartment or house with roommates, you are all members of the same household. Dr Henry has said people who live alone can maintain a small bubble.

    Because of the number of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended travel in and out of the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions be limited to essential travel only. If it is necessary to travel to Metro Vancouver, it is so important to exercise caution.

    At this time, there is a two-week provincial order for those living in the Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley which essentially limits socializing to those within an immediate household – no gatherings or household visitors allowed. We are now going on nine months of feeling the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic in our community and although we do not have the same provincial order in Island Health, conducting ourselves in a safe and preventative manner, keeping our bubbles small is the best possible way to keep ourselves and loved ones safe this winter.

    The choices we make do make a difference and will support our businesses and schools to stay open. Thank you for continuing to do your part in keeping us safe and helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    Wearing a mask

    The Public Health Agency of Canada now advises wearing non-medical masks with three layers. Earlier this month the Public Health Agency of Canada advised Canadians to up their mask game and use non-medical face masks with three layers - two layers made of a tightly woven fabric like cotton and a third layer made of a synthetic water-repelling material which can act as a filter to trap infectious particles. (Alternatively, you can choose masks with a pocket in which you insert a removable filter.) Previously, PHAC had been telling Canadians to use a non-medical mask or face covering with two layers. Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam stressed the importance of the new recommendation given the fact that we are moving into winter and likely to spend more time indoors.

    This link explains proper material, fit, safety considerations and outlines the reasons why the Public Health Agency is now recommending three-layer masks.

    Every layer of protection helps slow the spread of COVID-19. But no layer is perfect. Layer up to keep our loved ones, elders, and communities safe - and our businesses and schools open.

    Pandemic Preparedness Guide

    A roadmap to help you plan for a pandemic, this guide provides resources, supports and information on what to do to keep yourself and others safe. There's an explanation of a pandemic, info about emergency kits, good hygiene, personal health, copying with stress, checklists and forms, how to clean and disinfect and other useful information. The link to the guide is here.

    Being Winter Prepared

    We've seen our share of rain and wind this month and no doubt will see more severe weather over the coming winter months. This link provides a home preparedness checklist for severe weather, ideas on how to develop an emergency plan and emergency kit as well as suggestions on how you can connect with your neighbours.

    For information, contact:

    Rob Daman
    Emergency Program Coordinator
    Town of Qualicum Beach
    rdaman@qualicumbeach.com

    Aaron Dawson
    Emergency Program Coordinator
    City of Parksville
    adawson@parksville.ca

    Deb Tardiff
    Manager of Communications
    City of Parksville
    dtardiff@parksville.ca

  • EMO News Release - October 26, 2020

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    At yesterday’s briefing, the provincial Medical Health Officer, Dr Bonnie Hendry, announced a substantial increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the province over the past weekend. Today’s announcement is a reminder that we should remain diligent and continue to work together to stop the spread of the pandemic.

    Vancouver Island has had no new infections over the weekend; nine active cases isolating as of October 26 (five in Central Island) and 59 people in quarantine based on contact tracing. The local medical health officer reports contact tracing has limited the transfer of infection. Although Vancouver Island infection numbers are low, we must remain diligent to protect each other. This is not the time to get complacent even though our infections remain far lower than anywhere else in the province.

    A new provincial health order limits gatherings in private homes to no more than your immediate household plus your “safe six” (six additional others). This order is necessary because transmission is now occurring within households. This order can be enforced by municipal bylaw and police officers and clear violations of the order may be reported to the RCMP. We hope this will not be necessary and residents will comply with this order; the rules are in place to protect us all.

    For the coming winter months, Dr Hendry suggested we should focus on our immediate family and consider having social connections with others in a safe way. This will be a challenge but is something we need to do as a community, so we are able to get through the coming respiratory season and protect ourselves and others in the best possible way.

    There is now an expectation, not an order, that masks should be worn when in businesses, workplaces and indoor public spaces, especially in high-traffic areas. Because we cannot always keep a safe distance, masks can provide an extra layer of protection. To be safe, we should feel comfortable wearing a mask at any time.

    A reminder to Oceanside residents to help slow the spread of COVID-19:

    • Maintain physical distance of at least two metres
    • Wash your hands often
    • Cover your cough or sneeze
    • Do not touch your face
    • Avoid large gatherings
    • Stay home if sick
    • Wear a mask in public spaces
    • Be kind, be calm and be safe

    For information, contact:

    Rob Daman
    Emergency Program Coordinator
    Town of Qualicum Beach
    rdaman@qualicumbeach.com

    Aaron Dawson
    Emergency Program Coordinator
    City of Parksville
    adawson@parksville.ca

    Deb Tardiff
    Manager of Communications
    City of Parksville
    dtardiff@parksville.ca

  • Be Safe and Have Fun this Halloween!

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    October 14, 2020

    We wish for our residents to enjoy a safe and fun Halloween this year. We are passing along some suggestions from the BC Centre for Disease website. Outdoor trick or treating can be safe when people respect physical distancing, wear masks, use hand sanitizer and ensure treats are prepackaged.

    No matter how you celebrate Halloween this year…

    • Turn off your porch light and stay at home if you are sick or self-isolating.
    • Try including a non-medical mask or face covering as part of your costume. Costume masks should not be worn over non-medical masks or face coverings as that may make it difficult to breathe.
    • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often.

    Skip Halloween parties this year…

    Leave the parties behind. Indoor gatherings, big or small, put people at higher risk of getting COVID-19. Celebrate with your favourite Halloween movie or other traditions that you can do with your household or social group.

    If you host or attend a small party, keep it within your social group (stick to six)…

    • You should know everyone who attends, no plus ones. Follow our guidelines for safer celebrations.
    • Don’t pass around snacks, drinks, smokes, tokes, and vapes.
    • Be more outside, than inside. Keep your space well-ventilated with windows open. Avoid using props that can cause coughing, such as smoke machines.
    • Be careful with hand sanitizer and open flames - hand sanitizer is very flammable!

    Trick-or-treating can be done safely by following these tips…

    • Respect homes by staying away if the lights are out.
    • Keep to your local neighbourhood this year. Avoid trick-or-treating in busy areas or indoors (in places like malls) since there may not be enough space to distance. Indoor spaces may require a non-medical mask or face covering.
    • Trick-or-treat in a small social group, stick to six people. Leave space between you and other groups to reduce crowding on stairs and sidewalks.
    • Wash your hands before you go out, when you get home, and before eating treats. Keep hand sanitizer with you if eating treats on the go. You don’t need to clean every treat. You should instead wash your hands after handling treats and not touch your face.

    Get creative handing out treats…

    • Get creative! Use tongs, a baking sheet or make a candy slide to give more space when handing out candy. Plan to hand out individual treats instead of offering a shared bowl. Only hand out sealed, pre-packaged treats.
    • Wear a non-medical mask that covers your nose and mouth when handing out treats.
    • Be more outside, than inside. If you can, stand outside your door to hand out treats. Then kids won’t need to touch the door or doorbell. If you’re unable to sit outside to hand out treats, clean and disinfect doorbells and knobs, handrails, and any other high touch surface often during the evening.
    • If you are decorating, avoid props that can cause coughing, such as smoke machines.
    • Help make trick-or-treating more accessible to everyone by handing out treats from the bottom of your stairs or at your curbside.

    Consider launching a virtual competition with your neighbours for the best outdoor Halloween decorations or show kindness by sharing photos, or connecting virtually, instead of hugs with your loved ones who are more at risk. Be kind, be calm and be safe this Halloween.

  • Message from Mayor Mayne to Parksville Residents

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    October 5, 2020

    We hope your summer was enjoyable and you have been able to safely spend time with friends and family. We welcomed visitors to our community this summer while staying safe, quite an accomplishment. As we move into fall, we understand there will be anxiety and concern for our residents as we navigate the pandemic. We are indeed fortunate there are no community transmissions on Central Vancouver Island at this time and although the Parksville-Qualicum Beach region and Vancouver Island are considered low risk, it is important we keep prevention measures top of mind, key in the coming months to limit the spread of the coronavirus as well as other seasonal colds and viruses.

    We also recognize parents need to make decisions for their families about returning to school.The Island’s medical health officer has indicated Vancouver Island is one of the safest places for children to return to school and we hope this will help alleviate some of the concerns and uncertainty for parents. Emergency Management Oceanside, representing the Parksville Qualicum Beach region, continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic situation for our region and the emergency operations centre remains at Level 1 activation.

    During the pandemic, the City’s priority has been the safety of our residents and staff. Although the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre remains closed to the public, our finance department is open to assist residents with limited services and reduced hours. Our staff is available during normal business hours by phone, email and by appointment.

    Over the past six months, City staff have been very busy and continue to work on 2020 projects such as the Pym/Forsyth upgrades and Bagshaw Street upgrades. In the coming months, staff will present the results of the drainage plan and traffic flow study for the Parksville Community Park. Planning for 2021 capital projects such as Memorial Avenue streetscape, the new outdoor performance stage and the Rathtrevor trail continues. While ensuring City parks look spectacular, work continues on the annual tree maintenance program, a pedestrian bridge replacement in Shelly Creek Park South, along with many other projects.

    Although we all missed Parksville’s iconic festivals and special events, we are pleased to have successfully and safely accommodated many requests for outdoor activities in our busy parks this summer. Our thanks to the organizations for their willingness to go the extra mile to comply with new COVID-19 regulations.

    We encourage everyone to include a flu shot in your winter readiness plan, particularly important this winter so the medical system is not overwhelmed with seasonal illnesses. Pharmacies expect to receive the flu shots in mid-October, and many will facilitate online appointments closer to the date. As we head into fall and winter, we must recommit to flattening the curve. Please continue to respect the health protocols - physical distancing, small groups only, always wash your hands, stay home if sick - no exceptions, and wear a mask when distancing is not possible.

    Now more than ever, we need to be kind, be calm and be safe. On behalf of Parksville Council, thank you for all you do to keep us safe and to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Council is always available to answer your questions, please email council@parksville.ca.

  • EMO News Release - September 16, 2020

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    We hope your summer was enjoyable with pleasant outside time and opportunities to connect with friends and family. We are indeed fortunate that currently there is no community transmission on Central Vancouver Island and although the Parksville-Qualicum Beach region and Vancouver Island are considered low risk, it is important that we keep prevention measures top of mind. This will be key in the coming months to limit the spread of the coronavirus as well as other seasonal colds and viruses. We encourage everyone to include a flu shot in your winter readiness plan, particularly important this winter so the medical system is not overwhelmed. Pharmacies expect to receive the flu shots in mid October and many pharmacies will facilitate online appointments closer to the date.

    The Island's medical health officer has indicated Vancouver Island is one of the safest places for children to return to school and we hope that knowing this will help to alleviate some of the concerns and uncertainty for parents.

    Emergency Management Oceanside representing the Parksville Qualicum Beach region will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic situation for our region and the emergency operations centre remains at Level 1 activation.

    Masks During the Pandemic

    Facemasks can be worn to help protect those around you and should be worn by people who are sick. Masks have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19, especially for healthcare providers and for people with COVID-19. This is because masks act as a barrier and help stop the spread of droplets from a person's mouth and nose when talking, laughing, yelling, singing, coughing, or sneezing.

    Wearing a mask should be combined with other important preventative measures such as frequent hand washing and physical distancing. Using only a mask is not enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19. More information at http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/prevention-risks/masks

    Being Winter Prepared

    We all need to consider seasonal preparedness to be comfortable and safe during the winter season.

    • Get your home winter ready by having the furnace inspected, fireplace chimney cleaned, service generators, and shut off outside water to protect plumbing and sprinkler systems.
    • Check the supplies in your emergency preparedness kit to ensure you and your family will be self sufficient in an emergency.
    • Winterize your vehicle including good winter tires.
    • Help your neighbours/family members who may be elderly or have limited mobility issues prepare for winter.

    FROM THE CITY OF PARKSVILLE

    During the pandemic, in-person services offered by the City are limited to payments and purchase of bus passes, garbage tags and tickets/licence fees with all other City business by appointment and no walk-in services. To book an appointment, call 250 248-6144 or refer to website contact info. Finance is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm.

    With COVID-19 numbers on the rise in BC, it is important to recommit to flatten the curve:

    • Physical distancing and small groups.
    • Practice good hand hygiene.
    • Stay home if sick.
    • Look after yourself and your health.
    • Wearing a mask should be combined with other preventative measures. A mask can be worn to help protect those around you and should be worn by people who are sick.
    • Be kind.

    FROM THE TOWN OF QUALICUM BEACH

    The Town Hall office will be open to the public from 9 am to 1 pm. Planning and building inquiries are by appointment only, please call 250 752 6921 to arrange a time to visit. Where possible, residents are encouraged to use online services line and to contact the Town by phone at 250 752-6921 or email qbtown@qualicumbeach.com. When accessing the Town of Qualicum Beach:

    • Entry to the second floor is via the elevator only; exit is by the stairs only; elevator upon request.
    • Sanitation stations are available
    • Public washrooms are closed
    • Parkade is open with access to the Town Hall foyer.
    • Please follow safety protocols - do not enter the building if you are sick, wash/sanitize hands thoroughly before entry, cover your cough or sneeze and limit your time if others are waiting.

    STAY INFORMED

    We will continue to keep you informed of changes to how the Town of Qualicum Beach and the City of Parksville operate through this pandemic. Staff and elected officials are practicing physical distance and sanitizing protocols and many services continue to be available by phone, email and online. Please refer to your municipality for contact information. Health-related information is available from:

    For information, contact:

    Rob Daman
    Emergency Program Coordinator
    Town of Qualicum Beach
    rdaman@qualicumbeach.com

    Aaron Dawson
    Emergency Program Coordinator
    City of Parksville
    adawson@parksville.ca

    Deb Tardiff
    Manager of Communications
    City of Parksville
    dtardiff@parksville.ca

  • EMO News Release - August 18, 2020

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    We take COVID-19 (Coronavirus) seriously and continue to follow the direction of the Provincial Health Ministry to deal with the situation in our region. Our priorities are the health, safety and well-being of the public and our employees. The City of Parksville and the Town of Qualicum Beach are maintaining the essential services our citizens rely upon.

    As the pandemic continues and with the many visitors to the Parksville Qualicum Beach region at this time, it is extremely important to remain diligent and to follow the advice of the Provincial Health Officer by exercising an abundance of caution in dealing with COVID-19. The numbers are on the rise in BC again; we must do our part and recommit to flattening the curve once again.

    Here's what you can do to help prevent the spread of coronavirus; just few simple habits:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
    • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or tissue, not your hands
    • Look after your health and stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others
    • Maintain physical distance a and keep your groups small (Fewer faces, bigger spaces)
    • Practice safe, smart and respectful travel
    • Be kind

    If you haven't already done so, check our Dr Henry's Good Times Guide.

    STAY INFORMED

    We will continue to keep you informed of changes to how the Town of Qualicum Beach and the City of Parksville operate through this pandemic. Staff and elected officials are practicing physical distance and sanitizing protocols and many services continue to be available by phone, email and online. Please refer to your municipality for contact information. Health-related information is available from:

    For information, contact:

    Rob Daman
    Emergency Program Coordinator
    Town of Qualicum Beach
    rdaman@qualicumbeach.com

    Aaron Dawson
    Emergency Program Coordinator
    City of Parksville
    adawson@parksville.ca

    Deb Tardiff
    Manager of Communications
    City of Parksville
    dtardiff@parksville.ca


  • News Release - June 23, 2020

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    Booking Special Events During COVID-19

    The City is now accepting special event bookings with new procedures in place to ensure users take the required health and safety precautions. City facilities closed in March to help slow the spread of COVID-19 have been opening gradually in line with the City’s plan for resumption of services. The City follows the guidelines of the Provincial Health Officer, along with the BC Restart Plan which takes a coordinated approach to resumption of services.

    Any individuals or groups wishing to host a special event during the COVID-19 pandemic, must also submit a COVID-19 Addendum to Special Event and Park Use application and ensure participants act in accordance with the requirements and guidelines set by the province.

    At this time and indefinitely, public gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people. This includes indoor and outdoor events, conferences, meetings, concerts, religious gatherings, or other similar events. Please check the province’s website for current information; we encourage event hosts to read through the Provincial Health Order to learn more about mandatory requirements for gatherings.

    To protect the community from spread of COVID-19, the province and BC Centre for Disease Control have specific requirements for events to proceed which includes:

    • Proposed event must meet the current public health size limits for gatherings (limit is 50 attendees per day, including event staff).
    • Activity must maintain social distancing requirements of 6 feet or two metres apart.
    • Event proposal must outline strategies to support and reinforce public health guidelines.
    • Proposal must include access control plans that support and reinforce public health guidelines.
    • There must be a sanitation/food handling plan that is in line with current health guidelines.

    The familiar restrictions continue to apply to groups when using City facilities:

    • Frequent hand washing or sanitizing protocols
    • Limited sharing of sanitized equipment
    • Physical distancing measures of two metres
    • Ensure no one with symptoms attends the activity
    • Illness policies for staff and volunteers

    The City is now accepting applications for bookings of special events; applications are available on the City’s website. For additional information, contact the City’s operations department at ops@parksville.ca or
    250 248-5412.

    For more information:

    Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications

    dtardiff@parksville.ca; 250 954-3073


  • News Release - June 22, 2020

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    Return to Organized Sports

    The City will reopen facilities to organized recreational sports groups on June 26 with new procedures in place to ensure users take the required health and safety precautions. City facilities which were closed in March to help slow the spread of COVID-19, reopened for casual play in May. The City is responding to guidance from the Provincial Health Authority that recreation, especially outdoors, poses low risk to the community when certain practices are implemented.

    The City follows the guidelines of the Provincial Health Officer, along with the BC Restart Plan which takes a coordinated approach to the return of sport. As well, ViaSport provided return to sport guidelines to assist sports groups and organizations to produce their own plans for a safe return to sport and mitigate the risk of exposure to the virus. The City requires ViaSport approved return to play plans prior to organized events at City facilities.

    User groups must also have measures in place to support public safety, such as focusing on drills and skill building, limiting touch points, ensuring physical distancing and operating in accordance with provincial health restrictions. As well, sports groups must remind their players, coaches, officials and spectators of the guidelines and provide copies of their plans to all participants.

    The familiar restrictions continue to apply to groups when using City facilities:

    • Frequent hand washing or sanitizing protocols
    • Limited sharing of sanitized equipment
    • Physical distancing measures of two metres
    • Ensure no one with symptoms attends the activity
    • Illness policies for staff and volunteers

    The City is now accepting applications for permits and bookings of fields and courts for scheduled recreation activities after June 26. To book the sports fields or ball diamonds for organized leagues contact the Regional District of Nanaimo at 250 248-3252 or www.rdn.bc.ca

    For more information:

    Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications

    dtardiff@parksville.ca

    250 954-3073

  • EMO News Release - June 15, 2020

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    Emergency Management Oceanside Community Update – June 15

    As our weather improves (we can hope) and with the easing of our isolation, we are able to get outside more and slowly expand our personal bubbles. We recognize many of our residents are concerned with returning to normal too quickly but if we continue to stay vigilant, limit our contact with others, maintain physical distance, practice good hand hygiene and stay home when sick, we will continue to weather this pandemic together.

    We are encouraged by the recent information and statistics on COVID 19 rates from the province that show the community's efforts have dramatically reduced the spread of the virus in our region and on Vancouver Island. As we work through this next phase of the pandemic and a safe transition to Phase 3 in the provincial Restart Plan, the EOC will remain at Level 1 activation and continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic situation for our region.

    Ongoing, the EMO enewsletter will be distributed monthly rather than weekly, on the second Tuesday of each month. When relevant COVID-19 related information becomes available, please know we will pass along to you in a timely manner. Thank you for signing up for this EMO newsletter which will now include such topics as emergency preparedness and fire smart info. We'd love to hear from you; ideas and input welcome to info@emergencyoceanside.ca

    We recognize this summer will be very different for our residents. Perhaps this summer is an opportunity to be a tourist in our own region, creating new summer adventures right at home. Vacationing at home and supporting local businesses is a great way to stay safe, enjoy the beauty of our community and keep us on the road to recovery. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone for your efforts over the past three months to keep us all safe. The safety and wellbeing of Parksville-Qualicum Beach residents remains our top priority.

    GENERAL UPDATES AND INFORMATION

    • Supporting Oceanside Businesses - tool for all local businesses to detail services being offered.
    • Open During COVID-19 - directory of businesses open during COVID-19.
    • Supporting Local Restaurants - directory list of restaurants open for business.
    • Chamber visitor centres in Parksville and Qualicum Beach are now open.
    • Rebound Oceanside is a recovery plan created for businesses and not-for-profit organizations in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach/School District 69 region to provide assistance through the pandemic and minimize the negative impacts of an economic shutdown. Supported by Province of BC, WorkSafe BC and Parksville & Qualicum Chambers of Commerce.
    • Vancouver Island Coastal Tourism Resiliency Program provides Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast tourism businesses with meaningful, hands-on guidance and support to navigate the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, adapt and work towards long-term resiliency.


    UPDATES FROM TOWN OF QUALICUM BEACH

    Reopening of facilities

    We know how important fresh air and active play are for families and as we reopen many of our public outdoor amenities, we are carefully following available recommendations and guidance from the province and ask that you follow the signage posted at each public amenity. Below is a list of amenities to reopen:

    • Playgrounds - June 12
    • Community Hall for bookings that meet COVID criteria - July 2
    • Civic Centre for bookings that meet COVID criteria - July 6
    • BMX track for casual use only - June 12
    • Sports fields for casual play only - June 12
    • Basketball hoops reinstalled - June 15
    • Complete list of open facilities HERE

    Conditions of use

    • This reopening of amenities is subject to change without notice, is dependent on health orders and guidelines, and on customer compliance with procedures.
    • Avoid overcrowding, large groups and gatherings.
    • Keep at least two metres (six feet) away from people from other households, even while playing.
    • Limit use of playgrounds at busy times and limit use if others are waiting.
    • Do not use facilities if feeling unwell, with no exceptions.
    • The sports fields and BMX park are open for casual play only (not organized competition).
    • Parents are responsible for supervising their children.
    • Playgrounds are not sanitized.
    • Wash or sanitize hands thoroughly and frequently before/after activities and touching shared surfaces.
    • Avoid touching face and cover coughs and sneezes.

    UPDATES FROM CITY OF PARKSVILLE

    The City of Parksville's gradual, multi-step approach to reopening services is intended to maintain and protect public safety. Next steps outlined here:

    June 26 - Reopening splash park in Parksville Community Park

    June 26 - Special event permits: hosts must provide COVID Response and Mitigation plans

    June 26 - Return to play will include bookings of special events and recreational sports.

    July 2

    • Full service offered by finance - e.g. bus passes, garbage tags and dog licences will be available and tickets and licence fees may be paid.
    • Finance hours will remain 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm
    • All other City business by appointment only.

    July 2 - City will resume such activities as in-person public hearings, community engagement and Coffee with the Mayor.

    At this time, playgrounds, off-leash dog park, skate park and sports courts are open for use and we expect the volleyball nets in the Parksville Community Park to be installed later this week. Residents and visitors using City facilities are expected to follow public health requirements at all times. In accordance with provincial guidelines, signage is posted at City Hall and in our parks and open spaces to remind the public of the rules in place.

    STAY INFORMED

    We will keep you informed of any changes to how the Town of Qualicum Beach and the City of Parksville operate as this pandemic evolves. City staff and elected officials are practicing physical distance and sanitizing protocols and many services continue to be available by phone, email and online, please refer to your municipality for contact information. Health-related information is available from:

    For information, contact:

    Rob Daman, Emergency Program Coordinator, Town of Qualicum Beach

    rdaman@qualicumbeach.com

    Aaron Dawson, Emergency Program Coordinator, City of Parksville

    adawson@parksville.ca

    Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications, City of Parksville

    dtardiff@parksville.ca