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BC's Restart Plan

BC's Restart Plan - Document

BC’s Restart Plan – Step 3
We are now in Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan, which sees a return to normal for indoor or outdoor personal gatherings. Should case counts and hospitalization rates continue to decline, Step 4 could come into effect as early as September 7. For now, these are the changes in Step 3.

  • Provincial state of emergency and public health emergency lifted.
  • Return to usual for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings.
  • Increased capacity for indoor and outdoor organized gatherings, with safety plans.
  • No group limit for indoor and outdoor dining, liquor services restrictions are lifted, and nightclubs and casinos can operate with capacity limits and safety plans.
  • Limited indoor spectators at events and outdoor events up to 5,000 or 50% capacity whichever is greater.
  • Although masks are no longer mandatory in public indoor spaces, when visiting City Hall, we ask that you continue to where a mask when in the building and continue to respect distance.

City Hall is open to the public from 8 am to 4 pm and our operations department from 8 am to 4 pm, closed noon to 1 pm. For now, entrance to the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre is from the Jensen Avenue East entrance. At this time, we ask that masks continue to be worn when in the building.


BC's Restart Plan

BC's Restart Plan - Document

BC’s Restart Plan – Step 3
We are now in Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan, which sees a return to normal for indoor or outdoor personal gatherings. Should case counts and hospitalization rates continue to decline, Step 4 could come into effect as early as September 7. For now, these are the changes in Step 3.

  • Provincial state of emergency and public health emergency lifted.
  • Return to usual for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings.
  • Increased capacity for indoor and outdoor organized gatherings, with safety plans.
  • No group limit for indoor and outdoor dining, liquor services restrictions are lifted, and nightclubs and casinos can operate with capacity limits and safety plans.
  • Limited indoor spectators at events and outdoor events up to 5,000 or 50% capacity whichever is greater.
  • Although masks are no longer mandatory in public indoor spaces, when visiting City Hall, we ask that you continue to where a mask when in the building and continue to respect distance.

City Hall is open to the public from 8 am to 4 pm and our operations department from 8 am to 4 pm, closed noon to 1 pm. For now, entrance to the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre is from the Jensen Avenue East entrance. At this time, we ask that masks continue to be worn when in the building.

  • EMO News Release - July 21

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    Are You Wildfire Ready?
    A province wide state of emergency came into effect at midnight, July 20. The state of emergency is in response to ongoing wildfires burning across BC. The province previously declared states of emergencies linked to fires in 2003, 2017 and 2018. The state of emergency was based on the advice of experts and due in part to the significant stretch of dry weather that is forecast. There are currently 299 wildfires burning in the province, 37 of which are highly visible or a threat to public safety.

    British Columbia is experiencing an extremely active and catastrophic wildfire season and emergency preparedness officials are encouraging us all to be prepared to protect yourself and your family. Wildfires can spark anywhere at anytime, forcing people to be away from home for an extended period. Vancouver Island has not seen the same devastation from wildfires as many other areas in the province; however, these events along with any natural disaster can happen in our own backyard and without notice.

    Wildfires that burn in areas away from houses or infrastructure can have ecological benefits to the landscape; however, those that burn out of control near urban areas can cause devastating damage to homes, businesses, and vital infrastructure. If you live in an area at risk of a wildfire, please refer to the BC Wildfire status website. It is important to take time to get ready; be better prepared by understanding what to do before, during and after a wildfire. These links provide information that will help you understand the stages and how you can protect your health and safety. Wildfire Preparedness Guide will help you prepare your household, protect your property and understand what to do if there is risk of wildfire.

    Campfire Ban in Effect
    A campfire ban has been in effect since June 30. Campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are prohibited throughout the province. Until further notice, all open burning, including campfires, beach fires, and fireworks, are prohibited within the Parksville and Qualicum Beach Fire Protection areas to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

    To report a fire:

    • Fire emergency (threat to lives and/or property) - 911
    • Open fire in the Qualicum Beach Fire Protection Area - 250 752-6232
    • Open fire in the Parksville Fire Protection Area - 250 248-3242
    • Beach fires - 1877 952-7277 (RAPP line)
    • Wildfire reporting - 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on cell

    EMO’s HRVA Document
    In 2019, the Regional District of Nanaimo, Town of Qualicum Beach and the City of Parksville partnered to undertake a Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Analysis (HRVA). The purpose of a HRVA is to “help community leaders make risk-based choices to address vulnerabilities, mitigate hazards and prepare for response and recovery from emergencies” (EMBC, 2004).

    Risk assessments, such as HRVAs, are a regulatory requirement of local governments. This HRVA provides a comparison of risks posed to the region across the full spectrum of hazards, including natural, technological, and conflict-related hazards. By providing a view of the relative risks across all hazards, local decision-makers are better able to prioritize risk management and emergency preparedness activities by focusing on the hazards that pose the greatest risk.

    Community engagement was a key component of the risk assessment with engagement sessions held to help identify potential hazards, gather perceptions of hazard consequences, and explore local vulnerabilities and resiliency strategies. These sessions also served to strengthen inter-agency relationships and build a shared understanding of risks posed to the region. Engagement participants included representatives from government and non-government agencies, first responders, Indigenous community members, industry stakeholders, neighbouring community members, and subject matter experts. We have provided a link to the HRVA on the EMO website. Should you have questions, please email info@emergencyoceanside.ca.

    Voyent Alert!
    In the event of an emergency or natural disaster, we can never be too prepared. Voyent Alert! is a multi- purpose communication service used to send alerts to residents, businesses and visitors during critical events such as floods, wildfires or other emergencies in the region. The City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach use the notification system for a variety of non-critical notifications specific to each municipality.

    Registration for the service is FREE, simple and anonymous.

    • For mobile app alerts download and install the Voyent Alert! app from the Apple or Google Play app stores.
    • For email, text message or voice call alerts register online.

    Building Your Emergency Kits – Be Prepared
    Having an emergency kit and a grab-and-go bag on hand will help prepare you and your family with the essentials needed in the event a shelter-in-place or evacuation alert or order is issued. Being prepared means having food, water and other supplies to last for several days in the event of an emergency.

    What’s the difference between an emergency kit and grab-and-go bag?

    An emergency kit is a collection of tools and supplies which will be used in an emergency to stay at home such as an earthquake, severe storm or hazardous materials spill and should contain everything you need for everyone in your home to stay safe and comfortable for three to seven days.

    Grab-and-go bag is a smaller version of your emergency kit that should be carried with you should you need to evacuate during some types of emergencies such as floods, landslides, wildfires and tsunamis where you may not be able to return home or will need to evacuate. Ideally everyone in your home should have their very own customized bag. Building kits need not be expensive or take a lot of time. Just remember to consider the unique needs of your household, such as including specific items for pets or for seniors.

    Check out these videos by Prepared BC

    COVID-19 INFO
    We are now in Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan, which sees a return to normal for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings. Should case counts and hospitalization rates continue to decline, Step 4 could come into effect as early as September 7. Info on BC’s Restart Plan steps is available here.

    Mask or no mask?
    Remember! Masks are recommended in indoor public places for everyone 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. Here are things to consider:

    • Masks are optional for children ages 2 to 12.
    • Children under two years should not wear masks.
    • Proof of vaccination does not need to be requested by service providers.
    • Some people may choose to continue to wear a mask after they're fully vaccinated and that's okay.

    Recreational Travel and COVID-19
    Interprovincial recreational travel within Canada is now allowed. This includes travel for vacations, visiting family or friends for social reasons, and recreation activities. Some communities which rely on tourism are eager to welcome returning visitors. While some regions are moving full steam ahead, some are still hesitant to welcome tourists.

    Travellers are asked to plan and be respectful while visiting communities, especially smaller and rural towns, as well as Indigenous communities. Please respect local travel advisories. Here are some tips for a safe trip:

    • Support small businesses when you can.
    • Adhere and respect communicable disease plans.
    • Plan before you leave and arrive at your destination prepared.
    • Be water wise, many smaller communities have a very limited water supply in the summer months.
    • Respect and adhere to the provincial fire ban now in effect.
    • Be kind. More travel manners and guidelines to follow during summer trips available here.

    Vaccination Program
    Everyone 12 years or older can make an appointment to be vaccinated. Register online or phone and your confirmation number will be used to book. Please refer to Island Health’s website for info or phone 1 833 838-2323 to book an appointment.

    Resources
    BC Centre for Disease Control Island Health
    Vaccine registration - 1 833 838-2323; https://immunizebc.ca/covid-19
    Medical COVID-19 information - 811

    GENERAL INFO
    From the Town of Qualicum Beach

    Town Hall is open to the public with full services. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm (except statutory holidays). Although the office is open from 9 am to 4 pm, residents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the other payment options including payment through your financial institution; mail a cheque; or drop off a cheque at Town Hall drop box (location below). If you do wish to attend at Town Hall to conduct business, masks are mandatory at this time. Contact is by these methods:

    Email: qbtown@qualicumbeach.com

    Phone: 250 752-6921

    Post: PO Box 130, Qualicum Beach V9K 1S7

    Mail Slot: Out front of Town Hall, nearest the fountain (660 Primrose Street)

    Website: qualicumbeach.com

    From the City of Parksville
    The City is aligned with Step 3 of the BC Restart plan and our services have returned to regular pre-COVID hours of operation. City Hall is open to the public from 8 am to 4 pm and our operations department is open 8 am to 4 pm and closed noon to 1 pm. Information for the public:

    • Entrance to the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre is from Jensen Avenue East only, with a one-way system in place to reduce contacts. Exit is through the cenotaph doors.
    • Masks are strongly recommended while in the building.
    • Staff may elect to meet with the public either in-person or virtually and in-person meetings will comply with protocols on physical distancing and masks.
    • For now, access to the Vancouver Island Library continues to be the outside entrance, east parking lot.
    • Main floor washrooms are open for public use.
    • The public is welcome to attend Council meetings in-person beginning with the September 8 meeting. Meetings are webstreamed from the City’s website.
    • If sick, stay home and get tested.
    • Refer to City website, as well as Let's Talk Parksville for more information.

    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 - July 5

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    Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
    As a result of the wildfires burning throughout out province, we expect to see significant wildfire smoke reach our region soon. Wildfire smoke is a form of air pollution that can affect your health. Depending on the weather, distance from the fire and the mixture of fuels, wildfire smoke causes episodes of the worst air quality that most people will ever experience in British Columbia. Now is the time to prepare for the smoky days that can be harmful to your health.

    Different people respond differently to smoke, and some people are at higher risk of experiencing health effects. Healthy people can be affected by wildfire smoke too. Everyone responds differently, so listen to your body and reduce your exposure if the smoke is affecting you. The BCCDC recommends the following groups of people reduce their exposure to smoke:

    • People with pre-existing chronic conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),
    • heart disease, and diabetes
    • Women who are pregnant, infants and small children, the elderly

    Health effects of wildfire smoke
    Wildfire smoke contains very small particles that travel deep into your lungs when you inhale. These particles can cause irritation and inflammation, which can last until the air quality improves. Most symptoms are relatively mild, and can be managed without medical attention:

    • Sore throat
    • Eye irritation
    • Runny nose
    • Mild cough
    • Phlegm production
    • Wheezy breathing
    • Headaches

    Some may experience more severe symptoms and should seek prompt medical attention. Call HealthLink BC (811), talk to your primary care physician or visit a walk-in clinic if you're experiencing shortness of breath, severe cough, dizziness, chest pain or heart palpitations.

    Protect yourself from wildfire smoke
    Here are some suggestions to help reduce your exposure to smoke and seek cleaner air. People with pre-existing medical conditions should take extra precautions and should always keep their rescue medications with them. If you cannot get your symptoms under control, seek prompt medical attention.

    • Use a portable HEPA air cleaner to filter the air in one area of your home
    • Visit public spaces such as community centres, libraries, and shopping malls which tend to have cleaner, cooler
    • indoor air
    • Take it easy on smoky days because the harder you breathe, the more smoke you inhale
    • Drink lots of water to help reduce inflammation
    • If you are working outdoors, use an N95 respirator that has been properly fitted by occupational health and
    • safety professionals.

    For more information, please refer to these links:

    BC Centre for Disease Control

    BC FireSmart

    BC Wildfire Dashboard

    BC Wildfire Service

    Fire Smoke Forecast

    BC's Restart Reopening Plan - Step 3
    We are now in Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan, in place until September which sees a return to normal for indoor or outdoor personal gatherings. Should case counts and hospitalization rates continue to decline, Step 4 could come into effect as early as September 7. For now, these are the changes in Step 3.

    • Provincial state of emergency and public health emergency lifted.
    • Return to usual for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings.
    • Increased capacity for indoor and outdoor organized gatherings, with safety plans.
    • No group limit for indoor and outdoor dining, liquor services restrictions are lifted, and nightclubs and casinos can
    • operate with capacity limits and safety plans.
    • Limited indoor spectators at events and outdoor events up to 5,000 or 50% capacity whichever is greater.

    COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    Everyone aged 12 years or older can make a vaccination appointment. Register online or phone; your confirmation number will be used to book an appointment. Please refer to Island Health's website for information or call 1 833 838-2323 to book an appointment.

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    From the Town of Qualicum Beach
    Town Hall is now open to the public with full services. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm (except statutory holidays). Although the office will be open from 9 am to 4 pm, residents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the other options for conducting business with the Town, including email, phone, or regular mail. If you do wish to attend in person at Town Hall, masks are recommended at this time. Contact by:

    Email qbtown@qualicumbeach.com

    Phone 250 752-6921

    Post PO Box 130, Qualicum Beach V9K 1S7

    Mail Slot Out front of Town Hall, nearest the fountain (660 Primrose Street)

    Website qualicumbeach.com


    From the City of Parksville

    City Hall is open to the public from 8 am to 4 pm and the operations department in the Industrial Park from 8 am to 4 pm and closed noon to 1 pm. Here is information for the public:

    • Entrance to the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre is from Jensen Avenue East only, with a one-way system
    • in place to reduce contacts. Exit is through the cenotaph doors.
    • Masks are strongly recommended while in the building.
    • Staff may elect to meet with the public either in-person or virtually and in-person meetings will comply with
    • protocols on physical distancing and masks.
    • For now, access to the Vancouver Island Library continues to be the outside entrance, east parking lot.
    • Main floor washrooms are open for public use.
    • The public is welcome to attend Council meetings in-person beginning with the September 8 meeting. Until
    • that time, meetings are webstreamed from the City's website.
    • If sick, stay home and get tested.
    • Refer to City website, as well as Let's Talk Parksville for more information.

    COVID-19 Resources

    BC Centre for Disease Control
    Island Health
    Vaccine registration - 1 833 838-2323; https://immunizebc.ca/covid-19
    Medical COVID-19 information - 811

    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 - June 15

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    New Governance Structure for EMO (with a thank you!)

    The emergency programs for the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach work in unison to provide large scale disaster support and emergency service to residents of the Oceanside region. The Emergency Management Oceanside partnership provides an efficient, effective and cooperative approach to a holistic emergency program in our region. EMO provides professional 24/7 emergency support and has the capacity to develop and undertake preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery planning.

    The Councils of the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach recently approved resolutions supporting an updated Emergency Program Bylaw and new joint Emergency Program Services Agreement between the emergency programs of these two municipalities. The agreement secures the continued strong partnership which has existed between the City and Town for many years, and the continuation of the work and initiatives of Emergency Management Oceanside. The new bylaw allows the two local governments the same ability to share and develop the emergency program together and provide a combined response to and recovery from an emergency or disaster.

    EMO Volunteer Program - Emergency Management Oceanside relies heavily on community support when responding to any size of emergency or large-scale disaster in the Oceanside area. Volunteers from the Oceanside area make up our two main programs: Oceanside Emergency Support Services (OESS) and Oceanside Emergency Communications Team (OECT). OESS volunteers help residents directly displaced by an emergency or disaster while OECT volunteers provide communications within the region, throughout the province and around the world supporting a local emergency response. If you are interested in volunteering to support your community, please contact one of the emergency coordinators listed below. No experience required and all training is provided.

    EMO Vendor Program - In addition to volunteer programs, EMO relies heavily on local businesses to provide support for displaced residents. OESS volunteers provide up to 72 hours of provincially funded support including food, lodging and essentials such as clothing and toiletries. Local businesses willing to participate in this program are referred to as vendors. Displaced residents are provided with referral forms when needed which they take to vendors in exchange for itemized services. Vendors forward the completed forms to the province to be reimbursed for their services. If your business is interested in supporting Oceanside residents in this way, please contact an emergency coordinator.

    EMO Can't Do It Alone - It takes a community effort to respond to and recover from disasters, including supporting displaced residents in their time of need. Nothing is more frightening and stressful than experiencing an emergency or disaster. EMO thanks all our tireless volunteers, available to the community 24 hours a day, every day, who are there at the ready providing support to anyone suffering through an emergency. EMO especially appreciates the efforts of our volunteers and vendors to stay committed and safe while helping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    BC's Restart Reopening Plan - Step 2
    The province is now in Step 2 of the BC Restart program having met the criteria of number vaccinated, case numbers continuing to drop and less hospitalizations.

    Here is a breakdown of Step 2

    • Maximum 50 people for outdoor personal gatherings (birthday parties, backyard BBQs, block parties)
    • Indoor personal gatherings up to five people or one other household.
    • Up to five people from different households can attend a dinner party at a household of four people.
    • One household of seven people can attend a birthday at another household of four people.
    • Maximum 50 people for seated indoor organized gatherings (banquet halls, movie theatres, live theatre) with safety protocols.
    • No BC travel restrictions; check local travel advisories; hotels and other accommodation providers may accept guests from throughout the province.
    • Indoor sports (games) and high-intensity fitness with safety protocols.
    • Playdates.
    • Spectators for outdoor sports (50 maximum).
    • PHO Guidance: physical distancing and masks continue to be required in public indoor settings. Business safety protocols and physical distancing measures remain in place.

    COVID-19 Vaccination Program

    Everyone aged 12 years or older can make a vaccination appointment. Register online or phone; your confirmation number will be used to book an appointment. Please refer to Island Health's website for information or call 1 833 838-2323 to book an appointment.

    VOYENT ALERT! REMINDER
    If you haven't already done so, please sign up for emergency notifications for the Parksville-Qualicum Beach region. Voyent Alert! is a multi-purpose communication service which sends alerts to people who call the Oceanside region home. Alerts can be sent over a variety of channels including mobile apps, text/SMS, email or voice dial.

    Registration is FREE, simple and anonymous. Mobile app users can download the Voyent Alert! app from the Apple or Google Play app stores. Email or SMS users may register online to receive email or text-based alerts at https://register.voyentalert.com. Signup can also be accessed from the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach websites along with instructions.

    Shelter-in-place explained
    When an emergency occurs, evacuation from the immediate area isn't always the best option. There may be situations when it is better to avoid any uncertainty outside by taking what's known as shelter-in-place. As the term implies, shelter-in-place is a precaution aimed at keeping people safe while they remain indoors at home, work, school or in between.

    Emergencies that might require shelter-in place include severe weather, earthquakes or release of dangerous substances outside the building. Shelter-in-place is most likely when there is not enough time to evacuate an area safely, when a suitable evacuation route has not been verified or when the source and nature of a toxic release has yet to be determined.

    If instructed by emergency officials to shelter-in-place:

    • Go inside and close [and lock] all windows and exterior doors.
    • If there is a danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds, or curtains.
    • Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems. Close fireplace dampers.
    • Get your emergency kit and turn on the radio.
    • Cell phones may be overwhelmed or damaged during an emergency. It is ideal to have a hard-wired telephone in the room you select. If you do not have a hard-wired telephone, bring your cell phone and charger to ensure you have a method to communicate. Call your emergency contact and have the phone available if you need to report a life-threatening condition.
    • Go to an interior room without windows that is above-ground level, if you can. Because some chemicals are heavier than air, avoid sheltering in basements.
    • Bring your pets with you, and be sure to bring additional food and water supplies for them.
    • Use duct tape and plastic sheeting (heavier than food wrap) to seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room. A wet towel can also be used to create a seal along doors and windows.
    • Monitor the radio, television, and Emergency Info BC online until you are told by local officials all is safe or you are told to evacuate.
    • DO NOT leave your building or home until you receive notification that the danger has passed.
    GENERAL INFORMATION

    From the Town of Qualicum Beach
    Town Hall will reopen to the public with full services on Monday, June 28. Hours of operation will be Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm (except statutory holidays). Although the office will be open from 9 am to 4 pm, residents are strongly encourage to take advantage of the other payment options including payment through your financial institution; mail a cheque; or drop off a cheque at Town Hall drop box (location below). If you do wish to attend at Town Hall to conduct business, masks are mandatory at this time.

    Contact is by these methods:

    Email qbtown@qualicumbeach.com
    Phone 250 752-6921
    Post PO Box 130, Qualicum Beach V9K 1S7
    Mail Slot Out front of Town Hall, nearest the fountain (660 Primrose Street)
    Website www.qualicumbeach.com

    From the City of Parksville
    City of Parksville offices will fully reopen to the public on Monday, June 21 with a return to regular pre-COVID hours of operation. City Hall will be open to the public from 8 am to 4 pm and the operations department in the Industrial Park will be open 8 am to 4 pm and closed noon to 1 pm.

    Information for the public:

    • Entrance to the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre is from Jensen Avenue East only, with a one-way system in place to reduce contacts. Exit is through the cenotaph doors.
    • Masks are mandatory while in the building.
    • Staff may elect to meet with the public either in-person or virtually and in-person meetings will comply with protocols on physical distancing and masks. For now, access to the Vancouver Island Library continues to be the outside entrance, east parking lot.
    • Main floor washrooms will open for public use.
    • The public is welcome to attend Council meetings in-person beginning with the September 8 meeting. Until that time, meetings are webstreamed from the City's website.
    • June is a busy month for the finance department with property taxes due Friday, July 2. Security personnel will help ensure safe distancing and sanitizing procedures when in the building.
    • If sick, stay home and get tested.
    • Refer to City website, as well as Let's Talk Parksville for more information.

    COVID-19 Resources
    BC Centre for Disease Control
    Island Health Vaccine registration - 1 833 838-2323; https://immunizebc.ca/covid-19
    Medical COVID-19 information - 811


    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


  • Reopening of City Offices – June 21

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    June 9, 2021

    BC’s Restart is a careful, four-step plan focused on protecting people and safely getting life back to normal. On May 25, as a province, we began the gradual resumption of our social connections, services provided by businesses and activities. Getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart.

    We are pleased to advise the City of Parksville offices will fully reopen to the public on Monday, June 21. The City will return to regular pre-COVID hours of operation. City Hall is open to the public from 8 am to 4 pm. Our operations department in the Industrial Park will be open 8 am to 4 pm and closed noon to 1 pm.

    Here are a few things we would like the public to know:

    • Entrance to the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre is from Jensen Avenue East only, with a one-way system in place to reduce contacts. Exit is through the cenotaph doors.
    • Masks are mandatory while in the building until such time as public health orders change, expected to be after September 7 when wearing masks will be a personal choice.
    • Staff may elect to meet with the public either in-person or virtually and in-person meetings will comply with protocols on physical distancing and masks.
    • For now, access to the Vancouver Island Library continues to be the outside entrance, east parking lot.
    • Main floor washrooms will open for public use.
    • The public is welcome to attend Council meetings in-person beginning with the September 8 meeting. Until that time, the public can attend Council meetings virtually or archived from the City’s website.
    • June is a busy month for our finance department with property taxes due Friday, July 2. Security personnel will help ensure safe distancing and sanitizing procedures are in place when in the building.
    • If sick, stay home and get tested.

    Through the global pandemic, the City of Parksville continued to provide most civic services and took the necessary steps to protect the public and help limit the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to closely monitor the situation in BC and locally. Our website, as well as Let’s Talk Parksville provides updates on any changes to operations. Signage at the Parksville Civic and Technology will assist our residents and we will continue to make sanitizer available.

    The province has set foundations to a successful restart which includes a steady vaccine supply, people getting vaccinated, declining case counts and fewer people in the hospital. Link to Let’s Talk Parksville for info on the BC Restart program (and bc.gov.ca link as well). Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep us all safe.

  • COVID Relief Grant-in-Aid Provided by City of Parksville

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    June 8, 2021

    In February, the City of Parksville announced a new grant-in-aid program, a one-time COVID relief funding initiative to support non-profit groups providing social, cultural and community support services located in Parksville or serving Parksville residents. Council approved funding of $280,000 for the COVID relief grant-in-aid program.

    At the June 7 meeting, from the fifteen applications received, Council approved the following applications for COVID relief grant-in-aid. Council agreed a minimum of 50% of constituents should reside in Parksville to receive the full amount requested. A total of $130,160.19 was allocated from the COVID relief fund.

    • Forward House Community Society - $12,000.00
    • Mount Arrowsmith Pipe Band Association - $ 3,780.07
    • Oceanside Classical Concerts Society - $ 3,026.12
    • Oceanside Community Arts Council - $20,513.00
    • Oceanside Community Makerspace Society - $ 2,743.00
    • Pacific Board Culture Society - $ 5,000.00
    • Parksville & District Historical Society - $ 3,648.00
    • Parksville Beach Festival Society - $68,700.00
    • Parksville Curling Club - $10,000.00
    • Parksville Quilt House Quilters Guild - $ 250.00
    • Qualicum Weavers and Spinner Guild Society - $ 500.00

    This COVID Relief Grant-in-Aid program was offered to registered non-profit groups providing social, cultural and community support services. Non-profit groups were eligible for reimbursement of COVID related expenses incurred since March 2020. Examples of eligible expenses included:

    • Costs to obtain personal protective equipment and enhanced cleaning/ sanitization costs.
    • Costs to adapt programming or services during pandemic.
    • COVID related losses in regular revenue due to the inability to hold annual and ongoing fundraising events.
    • Barriers, installation or modifications to ensure physical distancing and COVID safety.
  • EMO News Release - May 26

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    On May 25, the province laid out a four-step reopening plan that could see us slowly return to normal as the number of vaccinations rise and the number of cases drop. While these are approximate dates, the plan will be guided by data, not dates, and will not proceed to the next step until it is safe to do so based on guidance from public health and the latest available data. Please refer to the government's restart program for details as well as information about steps 3 and 4. Thank you for continuing to do your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If we stay the course, we can resume much needed visits with friends and family and support a strong economic recovery for our province.

    For Step 1 and Step 2, restaurants, bars, and pubs, as well as indoor fitness facilities, return to the safety protocols that were in place prior to the circuit breaker restrictions. For other sectors, existing safety protocols remain in place for Step 1 and Step 2, including existing safety protocols at schools and daycares.


    Step 1 - May 25
    For now, outdoor social gatherings will continue to be limited to ten. Indoor social gatherings with up to five visitors or one other household are now allowed. In terms of organized gatherings, indoor up to ten people seated or 50 people seated outdoors (with a COVID safety plan in place) will be allowed. Current non-essential travel restrictions between the three health regions continue. Sports teams can play games outside and restaurant dining can now occur indoors in groups of six.

    Here is a breakdown of Step 1

    • Maximum of five visitors or one other household allowed for indoor personal gatherings i.e. up to five people from different households can visit or one other household can visit another household
    • Maximum of 10 people for outdoor personal gatherings.
    • Maximum of 50 people for seated outdoor organized gatherings with safety protocols; examples include wedding ceremonies and funerals.
    • Recreational travel only within travel region (travel restrictions between regions extended); hotels and other accommodation providers are encouraged to welcome guests from inside their region.
    • Indoor and outdoor dining for up to six people with safety protocols
    • Resume outdoor sports (games) with no spectators, and low-intensity fitness with safety protocols.
    • Start gradual return to workplace.
    • Return of indoor in-person faith-based gatherings (reduced capacity) based on consultation with public health.
    • PHO Guidance: Physical distancing and masks continue to be required in public indoor settings.

    Step 2 - Mid-June (June 15 earliest date)
    Tentatively scheduled for June 15, once 65% of BC is vaccinated and if hospitalizations drop, outdoor social gatherings of up to 50 people and playdates will be allowed. Indoor gatherings remain at five visitors or one other household. For organized gatherings, indoor up to 50 people seated will be allowed indoors (with a COVID safety plan). If case numbers continue to drop while vaccination rates go up, health officials indicated travel restrictions will be lifted.

    Here is a breakdown of Step 2

    • Maximum 50 people for outdoor social gatherings
    • Maximum 50 people for seated indoor organized gatherings (banquet halls, movie theatres, live theatre) with safety protocols
    • No BC travel restrictions; check local travel advisories; hotels and other accommodation providers may accept guests from throughout the province Indoor sports (games) and high-intensity fitness with safety protocols
    • Spectators for outdoor sports (50 maximum)
    • PHO Guidance: physical distancing and masks continue to be required in public indoor settings. Business safety protocols and physical distancing measures remain in place.


    Step 3 - early July (July 1 earliest date)
    The third step in the reopening plan will see a "return to usual for indoor or outdoor personal gatherings" and allow for sleepovers, if 70 per cent of the province is vaccinated, and if hospitalizations continue to drop. The forecast for organized gatherings is less clear; government documents state that fairs and festivals will be allowed with a COVID safety plan in place and "increased capacity" will be in place for indoor and outdoor organized gatherings, with a COVID safety plan.

    Here is a breakdown of Step 3

    • Provincial state of emergency and public health emergency lifted
    • Returning to usual for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings
    • Increased capacity for indoor and outdoor organized gatherings, with safety plans
    • Nightclubs and casinos reopened with capacity limits and safety plans
    • New public health and workplace guidance around personal protective equipment, physical distancing and business protocols
    • PHO Guidance: masks are recommended in public outdoor settings; engage in careful social contact


    Step 4 - early September (September 7 earliest date)
    If vaccination rates hit 70 per cent of eligible individuals, social gatherings will return to normal and large organized events can resume, if more than 70 per cent of the province is vaccinated, and if hospitalizations continue to drop.

    Here is a breakdown of Step 4

    • Returning to normal social contact
    • Increased capacity at larger organized gatherings
    • No limits on indoor and outdoor spectators at sports
    • Businesses operating with new safety plans
    • PHO Guidance: masks in a public indoor setting a personal choice; normal social contact COVID-19 Vaccination Program Everyone aged 12 years or older can make a vaccination appointment. Register online or phone; your confirmation number will be used to book an appointment. Please refer to Island Health's website for information or call 1 833 838-2323 to book an appointment

    COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    Everyone aged 12 years or older can make a vaccination appointment. Register online or phone; your confirmation number will be used to book an appointment. Please refer to Island Health's website for information or call 1 833 838-2323 to book an appointment

    Wellness Together Canada Portal
    More than a year later, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause stress and uncertainty to individuals and families. If you or a loved one is going through a difficult time or if you are looking for resources to improve or nurture your wellbeing, please visit the Wellness Together Canada portal. Supports offered by the portal are free, confidential and available 24/7.

    General Info
    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:

    BC Centre for Disease Control

    Island Health

    Vaccine registration - 1 833 838-2323; https://immunizebc.ca/covid-19

    Medical COVID-19 information - 811

    From the Town of Qualicum Beach
    Town Hall remains open to the public Monday to Friday, 9 am to 1 pm (except statutory holidays). Town staff are available via email or phone until 4 pm, Monday to Friday. While we are happy to help in person where needed, we encourage you to conduct business remotely where possible. Masks are mandatory when visiting Town Hall. Contact is by any of the following methods:

    • Email qbtown@qualicumbeach.com
    • Phone 250 752-6921
    • Post PO Box 130, Qualicum Beach V9K 1S7
    • Mail Slot Out front of Town Hall, nearest the fountain

    From the City of Parksville
    City in-person services during the COVID-19 pandemic are limited to payments of tickets/licence fees and the purchase of bus passes, 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. Please note, entry is from Jensen Avenue East. Masks are mandatory when at City Hall.

    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 - May 18

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    With the long weekend just ahead of us, we are reminded to follow public health advice to stay in our community and avoid non-essential travel; we know this virus moves with people. We all wish we could press a pandemic pause button and enjoy the May long weekend as we would normally; however, COVID-19 is still in our community.

    There is some good news:
    • As of May 13, there were 153 active cases in the Island Health Region with 57 in the Central Island.
    • Over the past seven-day reporting period to May 13, there was an average of 16 cases per day compared to an average of 23 cases for the previous seven days.
    • 50% of Island Health's adult population has received their first dose of the vaccine.
    We sincerely hope you will enjoy a relaxing weekend, perhaps an opportunity to be outdoors. Staying active is one of the best ways to relieve stress and support mental health. Whatever you do, please choose activities which allow for physical distancing. Thank you for keeping us all safe and continuing to do your part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

    These province-wide restrictions remain in place until midnight, May 25:
    • Non-essential travel is prohibited.
    • The variance allowing indoor religious gatherings and worship services between March 28 and May 13 is suspended.
    • Indoor low-intensity group exercise classes are cancelled.
    • Restaurants, pubs and bars are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor patio seating and takeout or delivery is allowed.
    • Workplaces with a COVID-19 exposure may be ordered to close for a minimum of 10 days.
    COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    Book that appointment!
    At this time, everyone over 18 can now book their vaccine appointment. First step is to get registered then book that appointment! Every vaccinated person helps to protect our loved ones and our community.
    If you have not yet registered and wish to receive the COVID vaccine, you are encouraged to register online. Your confirmation number will be used to book an appointment when eligible. Please refer to Island Health's website for information or call 1 833 838-2323 to book an appointment. immunizebc.ca/covid-19

    Make sure you are registered to receive the second dose
    If you received the first dose of the vaccine at an Island Health clinic prior to April 6 you must register at www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca or by calling 1 833 838-2323 so you will be notified when it's time for the second dose.

    Paid leave for workers to get COVID-19 vaccine
    The BC government introduced amendments to the Employment Standards Act to provide workers with up to three hours of paid leave to get each dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The amendments ensure no one will lose pay if they need time away from work to get vaccinated. More info

    NEXT STEPS: Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness
    We recently provided info about why neighbourhood emergency preparedness is so important. By way of a reminder, you will:
    • NOT be alone in a time of disaster.
    • Be better prepared to act quickly and appropriately in any situation.
    • Be better informed on how to take care of yourself and loved ones until help arrives.
    • Be able to identify and minimize existing hazards around your home and neighbourhood.
    • Understand what items are recommended to store and how.
    • Be prepared if you are required to evacuate your neighbourhood.
    • Have a communication plan.
    • Know where to get accurate information on the situation.
    • Know who to go to in your neighbourhood for specific skills or resources.
    • Have peace of mind and increase confidence in your resilience and self sufficiency.
    EMO emergency program coordinators are here to help with your neighbourhood planning...just an email or phone call away. Below you will find the steps to develop and maintain an emergency preparedness team for your neighbourhood:

    Step 1
    • Determine the size of the neighbourhood.
    • Get to know your neighbours in that area.
    • Distribute EMO meeting brochures with details filled in.
    • Hold an information meeting.
    • Designate Leaders.
    Step 2
    • Map the neighbourhood including potential hazards, their potential effect on the area and alternate access.
    Step 3
    • Map the neighbourhood including potential hazards, their potential effect on the area and alternate access.
    • Encourage residents to become personally prepared and willing to share responsibility.
    • Share the neighbourhood map. Survey residents for resources and skills.
    Step 4
    • Establish response units and provide unit-specific information with action checklists.
    Sept 5
    • Hold a training drill at least once a year.
    Step 6
    • Network with adjacent neighbourhoods and organizations.
    Step 7
    • Hold an annual get-together and update information.
    From the Town of Qualicum Beach
    Town Hall remains open to the public Monday to Friday, 9 am to 1 pm (except statutory holidays). Town staff are available via email or phone until 4 pm, Monday to Friday. While we are happy to help in person where needed, we encourage you to conduct business remotely where possible. Masks are mandatory when visiting Town Hall. Contact is by any of the following methods:
    • Email qbtown@qualicumbeach.com
    • Phone 250 752-6921
    • Post PO Box 130, Qualicum Beach V9K 1S7
    • Mail Slot Out front of Town Hall, nearest the fountain
    From the City of Parksville
    City services support the community and protect the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre is open to access the City's finance department only. Finance is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm to accept property tax, utility and tickets/licence fee payments and to purchase bus passes, dog licences and building permits. Please continue to access our services electronically. All other City business is by appointment only and walk-in services are not available. Masks are mandatory when at City Hall and COVID-19 resources are provided for our residents at Let's Talk Parksville.

    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 - April 27

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    Most British Columbians are doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following public health advice to stay in their community and avoid non-essential travel. The third wave of the pandemic is here and our fight against COVID-19 has changed with the introduction of more quickly spreading variants. More than ever, it is important to know the risks to protect yourself and others. The pandemic is impacting us all in so many ways as we continue to navigate the road to recovery and a new normal.

    By staying close to home for the next five weeks, we are giving ourselves the best chance to enjoy this summer and be in a place where we can put this pandemic behind us. Staying in our local community means we are not going to and from COVID hotspots and inadvertently bringing the virus along with us. Please avoid non-essential travel within our region as well. We can enjoy the outdoors at local beaches and parks and the warmer weather just closer to home, in our own community. Thank you for keeping us safe and doing your part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

    Travel Restrictions
    Travel restrictions were set by the province on April 23 to stop the spread of COVID-19 and variants of concern. Non-essential travel is restricted between certain regions of the province and will be in place until May 25 at midnight. Fines can be given to people who leave their region for non-essential travel. Remember to stay local and stay in your community.

    Non-essential travel includes the following:

    • Vacations, weekend getaways and tourism activities
    • Visiting family or friends for social reasons
    • Recreation activities

    This order limits travel into and out of three regional zones in the province - the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Interior/Northern parts of BC. The order is designed to discourage and stop recreational and leisure travel and does not restrict essential travel between regional zones - including for work, for school and to help care for a sick loved one. For more information current travel restrictions, refer to the BC Government website.

    Province-wide Restrictions
    Stronger province-wide restrictions remain in place until midnight, May 25

    • Non-essential travel is prohibited.
    • The variance allowing indoor religious gatherings and worship services between March 28 and May 13 is suspended.
    • Indoor low-intensity group exercise classes are cancelled.
    • Restaurants, pubs and bars are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor patio seating and takeout or delivery is allowed.
    • Workplaces with a COVID-19 exposure may be ordered to close for a minimum of 10 days.

    Island Health COVID-19 Vaccination Program
    The provincial vaccine program has picked up speed, with nearly one in three eligible people vaccinated with their first dose. However, for the next five weeks, we all must do everything we can to keep people safe and support our hospitals.

    Once you are eligible to register, you remain eligible. At this time, residents born in or before 1996 (age 25 or older), Indigenous peoples aged 18 and older and those clinically extremely vulnerable are eligible to register. Residents who wish to receive the COVID vaccine are encouraged to register online. Your confirmation number will then be used to book an appointment when you are eligible. Please refer to Island Health's website or call 1 833 838-2323 to book an appointment when eligible. Gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated

    How to get vaccinated

    • Step 1 - Register and get a confirmation number; this number will be used to book your vaccination appointment when the time comes. Registering also helps health authorities request the right amount of vaccine doses for each community.
    • Step 2 - You will be contacted to book a vaccine appointment when you are eligible based on your age and the government’s immunization plan phases. Appointments can be booked online or by phone by selecting a location, date and time.
    • Step 3 - Visit the vaccine clinic to get your vaccine dose. People who get their first vaccine dose will be notified by email, text or phone call when eligible to book an appointment for the second dose.

    Participate in BC's COVID-19 Public Health Survey
    Share your experiences with the pandemic by participating in the B.C. COVID-19 SPEAK survey. The BC Centre for Disease Control hopes you will lend your voice to this important survey to help public health better understand the experiences of British Columbians over the past twelve months.

    The survey will ask how has COVID-19 affected you and your family, what barriers may exist to accessing vaccinations, and what are your needs for recovery? The information will help public health professionals and others better respond to the key, ongoing challenges facing British Columbians. The survey, funded by the BCCDC Foundation for Public Health, takes about 20 to 30 minutes to compete and is available in ten languages. Learn more and participate at: bccdc.ca/covid19survey

    From the Town of Qualicum Beach
    Town Hall remains open to the public Monday to Friday, 9 am to 1 pm (except statutory holidays). Town staff are available via email or phone until 4pm, Monday to Friday.

    While we are happy to help in person where needed, we encourage you to conduct business remotely where possible. Masks are mandatory when visiting Town Hall. You can contact us via any of the following methods:

    • Email qbtown@qualicumbeach.com
    • Phone 250 752-6921
    • Post PO Box 130, Qualicum Beach V9K 1S7
    • Mail Slot Out front of Town Hall, nearest the fountain

    From the City of Parksville
    City in-person services during the COVID-19 pandemic are limited to payments of tickets/licence fees and the purchase of bus passes, 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. Please note, entry is from Jensen Avenue East. Masks are mandatory when at City Hall and visitors will be asked to provide information for contact tracing.

    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 - April 20, 2021

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    COVID-19

    Update Our weather in Oceanside this past week has been quite spectacular, providing a welcome opportunity to be outside. More than ever, it is important to know the risks to protect yourself and others. The pandemic is impacting us all in so many ways as we continue to navigate the road to recovery and a new normal. Thank you for keeping us safe and doing your part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

    As part of the province's circuit breaker put in place three weeks ago and as a result of the current levels of transmission in BC, the provincial health officer orders have been extended for a further five weeks, through May 24 at midnight. This includes the current restrictions on social gatherings, events, indoor dining (restaurants, pubs, bars) and indoor group fitness activities. The expedited workplace closure order also remains in place. New orders will be put in place later this week under the Emergency Program Act, to restrict vacation and recreation travel outside of your health authority. It was also announced the AstraZeneca vaccine age eligibility was lowered to those 40 and older.

    Island Health COVID-19 Vaccination Program Getting your COVID-19 vaccination registration is open for people who are eligible. Residents who wish to receive the COVID vaccine are encouraged to register online. Your confirmation number will then be used to book an appointment when you are eligible. Please refer to Island Health's website to determine age eligibility or call 1 833 838-2323 to book an appointment when you are eligible.Gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated

    How to get vaccinated
    • Step 1 - Register and get a confirmation number; this number will be used to book your vaccination appointment when the time comes. Registering also helps health authorities request the right amount of vaccine doses for each community.
    • Step 2 - You will be contacted to book a vaccine appointment when you are eligible based on your age and the government's immunization plan phases. Appointments can be booked online or by phone by selecting a location, date and time.
    • Step 3 - Visit the vaccine clinic to get your vaccine dose. People who get their first vaccine dose will be notified by email, text or phone call when eligible to book an appointment for the second dose.
    Emergency Preparedness Week - May 2-8 The past year has been a reminder about how important personal preparedness can be and that being prepared and having a plan is critical. During the pandemic, we have all taken the important steps to protect ourselves and our families and continuing to build on the emergency preparedness plans and supplies ready for other potential emergencies is also key to keeping us safe during these times.
    Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with making a plan and being prepared to look after yourself, your family and your pets for a minimum of one week. Emergency Preparedness Week is a reminder intended to raise awareness and offer information and tips to help prepare businesses, individuals and families for the possibility of an emergency or disaster incident.

    Zoom and Learn - Emergency Preparedness Workshops
    During Emergency Preparedness Week, EMO emergency preparedness coordinators will offer two more Zoom workshops to help better prepare yourself, your family and your business in the event of an emergency or disaster. These sessions are an hour in length and popular with Parksville-Qualicum Beach residents. Please RSVP to info@emergencyoceanside.ca. We will confirm your space and send Zoom instructions by email.
    Monday, May 3 at 10.30 am Thursday, May 6 at 1.30 pm
    For more information on how to prepare yourself and your family in the event of an emergency, please visit GetPrepared.ca along with these preparedness websites:

    Volunteers, the Power of Many The theme for National Volunteer Week 2021, April 18 to April 24, is The Value of One, The Power of Many which reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals and the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose.

    Emergency Management Oceanside relies on volunteers for two programs – Oceanside Emergency Support Services and Oceanside Emergency Communications Team. Although not paid positions, volunteers receive full training paid for by EMO. Training is not required to join ESS or ECT, just a desire to provide a valued service to your community when it is needed most. If you are interested in volunteering or would just like more information, please see our website or email Chris James, volunteer coordinator at OESSD@parksville.ca. We can't do it alone!

    National Volunteer Week is an opportunity for all of us to recognize the contributions of volunteers make in our community and just how important volunteers are as partners with government in providing services to citizens. Community programs rely on volunteers to donate their time to help others every single day. We thank and celebrate those people who care for others and who make a tremendous contribution by volunteering in our community. For more information on Volunteer Week in Canada please see https://volunteer.ca.

    Reminder
    Voyent Alert! - is a multi-purpose communication service which sends alerts to people who call the Oceanside region home. Alerts can be sent over a variety of channels including mobile apps, text/SMS, email or voice dial. Registration is FREE, simple and anonymous. Mobile app users can download the Voyent Alert! app from the Apple or Google Play app stores. Email or SMS users may register online to receive email or text-based alerts at https://register.voyentalert.com. Access to sign-up can also be accessed from the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach websites along with instructions.

    From the Town of Qualicum Beach
    Town Hall remains open to the public Monday to Friday, 9 am to 1 pm (except statutory holidays). Town staff are available via email or phone until 4pm, Monday to Friday.

    While we are happy to help in person where needed, we encourage you to conduct business remotely where possible. Masks are mandatory when visiting Town Hall. You can contact us via any of the following methods:
    • Email qbtown@qualicumbeach.com
    • Phone 250 752-6921
    • Post PO Box 130, Qualicum Beach V9K 1S7
    • Mail Slot Out front of Town Hall, nearest the fountain
    From the City of Parksville
    City in-person services during the COVID-19 pandemic are limited to payments of tickets/licence fees and the purchase of bus passes, 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. Please note, entry is from Jensen Avenue East. Masks are mandatory when at City Hall and visitors will be asked to provide information for contact tracing.

    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
  • EMO News Release - March 18, 2021

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    We wish to remind our residents province-wide restrictions remain in place until further notice. It is the actions of our residents that keep our community safe and help to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Hang in there folks, just a little longer!

    Outdoor Gatherings up to 10 People
    Province-wide restrictions have recently been updated. Up to ten people may now gather outdoors. All restrictions for indoor gatherings remain in place.

    • Up to 10 people may gather at a park or beach
    • Up to 10 people may gather in the backyard of a residence
    • No gatherings of any size are allowed indoors
    • Do not gather with several groups of new people – stick to the same people
    • Masks are required in all indoor settings and workplaces
    • Explore close to home and avoid non-essential travel

    Continue to refer to latest information at www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/response

    Vaccine Appointments for Seniors
    More than 400,000 people in British Columbia will be immunized from March to early April as the province works through Phase 2 of immunization in BC. Immunizations will be conducted based on age; eligibility for all phases is based on the age you are turning in 2021. The Island Health immunization clinics will be operating in the Parksville Community Centre and the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. To learn more about the approved vaccines, please refer to this link.

    The province announced today more than 300,000 frontline workers will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in April.
    The list of first priority groups include first responders (police, firefighters, emergency transport), K-12 educational staff, childcare staff, grocery store workers, postal workers, bylaw and quarantine officers, manufacturing workers,
    wholesale/warehousing employees, cross-border transport workers, corrections workers and staff living in congregate
    housing at places such as ski hills.

    PHASE 2
    We are in Phase 2 of the vaccination plan; however, because dates continue to be adjusted, please refer to the immunization website for the most up-to-date information. For those residents born after 1941, information will be posted on Island Health's website and people will have the option of registering online or by phone. Phase 3 of the immunization plan is for people 60 to 79 and Phase 4 is for people 18 to 59. Phases will be scheduled in five-year increments. Information about the province's COVID vaccine plan may be viewed here.

    Please call only when you're eligible. If you are 80 or older or Indigenous and born in 1956 or earlier, you can call anytime. To register call 1-833-348-4787, 7 am to 7 pm daily. The call centre agent will confirm your appointment date and time at the location nearest to you. You will need to provide:
    • Legal first and last name
    • Date of birth
    • Postal code
    • Personal health number
    • Contact information (direct phone number or support person phone number)
    Island Health' s website provides frequently asked questions and information about how to register on behalf of an eligible individual, not able register for themself.

    PHASE 3
    At the time this eNews was distributed, notice of how to book for those born in 1942 or later and Indigenous peoples born in 1957 or later had not yet been posted. We will forward the information when it becomes available. We encourage you to watch the news and Island Health's website as registration, either online or by phone for Phase 3 should be announced soon.

    What to expect when you get the vaccine
    The BC Centre for Disease Control has some suggestions on their website about what to expect when you get the
    vaccine:
    • Wear a mask to the clinic and bring your Personal Health Number.
    • Wear loose-fitting clothing for easy access to the arm. The vaccine is given by injection into the muscle of the arm on the shoulder area.
    • Expect to stay in the clinic for 15 minutes after you receive your vaccine so you can be monitored. About one in one million people will experience a severe allergic reaction. By staying in the clinic, a health care provider can respond in the event this happens. Tell a health care provider if you feel unwell after your vaccine.
    • Most people will receive an immunization record. Keep your record of immunization as it contains important information about the date and type of vaccine you receive. Bring your immunization card with you when you get your second dose.
    Why neighbourhood emergency preparedness is important...
    You will:
    • NOT be alone in a time of disaster.
    • Be better prepared to act quickly and appropriately in any situation.
    • Be better informed on how to take care of yourself and loved ones until help arrives.
    • Be able to identify and minimize existing hazards around your home and
    • neighbourhood.
    • Understand what items are recommended to store and how.
    • Be prepared if you are required to evacuate your neighbourhood.
    • Have a communication plan.
    • Know where to get accurate information on the situation.
    • Know who to go to in your neighbourhood for specific skills or resources.
    • Have peace of mind and increase confidence in your resilience and self-sufficiency.
    Emergency Management Oceanside's emergency program coordinators can help you with your neighbourhood planning. Their contact information is provided below.



    From the Town of Qualicum Beach
    Town Hall remains open to the public Monday to Friday, 9 am to 1 pm (except statutory holidays). Town staff are available via email or phone until 4pm, Monday to Friday.

    While we are happy to help in person where needed, we encourage you to conduct business remotely where possible.
    Masks are mandatory when visiting Town Hall. You can contact us via any of the following methods:
    • Email qbtown@qualicumbeach.com
    • Phone 250 752-6921
    • Post PO Box 130, Qualicum Beach V9K 1S7
    • Mail Slot Out front of Town Hall, nearest the fountain
    From the City of Parksville
    City in-person services during the COVID-19 pandemic are limited to payments of tickets/licence fees and the purchase of bus passes, 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. Please note, entry is from Jensen Avenue East. Masks are mandatory when at City Hall and visitors will be asked to provide information for contact tracing.

    Notices have been posted to advise of parking changes at the Parksville Community Centre to accommodate Island
    Health's immunization clinic.

    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