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. However, please note that Island Health should remain your primary source of information during the COVID-19 pandemic.

City services continue to operate to support the community. Masks are mandatory when at City Hall and visitors will be asked to provide contact information for contact tracing purpose. To protect the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. physical distancing is strongly recommended.

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. However, please note that Island Health should remain your primary source of information during the COVID-19 pandemic.

City services continue to operate to support the community. Masks are mandatory when at City Hall and visitors will be asked to provide contact information for contact tracing purpose. To protect the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. physical distancing is strongly recommended.

The finance department 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. To book an appointment, call 250 248-6144 or refer to contact info on our website. Please continue to access our services electronically.

At this time, attendance by the public at in-person meetings is prohibited (Gatherings and Events order dated December 2). This order imposes more stringent prohibitions including in-person public attendance at council meetings, public hearings, committee meetings, open houses, and other in-person meetings. We will advise when this order changes to allow resumption of in-person meetings. Residents may view Council and committee meetings live through webstreaming, accessible from the City’s website. Meeting video is also archived for viewing at another time. Should residents wish to reach Council, please email council@parksville.ca.

The City is issuing special event permits provided the event hosts have appropriate COVID response and mitigation plans and there are no Provincial Health Officer orders in place. For information, please refer to this link.

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 - 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


  • Changes to Parking at the Parksville Community Centre

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    Thursday, March 4

    The COVID immunization clinic operated by the Vancouver Island Health Authority will be in the Parksville Community Centre from March 15 through September. Island Health expects the vaccination clinic will be operational twelve hours a day, seven days a week providing vaccinations to Oceanside resident.

    Designated parking at the Parksville Community Centre has been changed to accommodate public use while attending the clinic. Additional accessible parking has been added to the east side of the Parksville Community Centre building and parking for Island Health and the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre staff has been designated.

    Due to the expected high volume of vehicles and pedestrians using the Parksville Community Centre, no other public parking can be accommodated in this area while the clinic is active.

    1. Scooter and bicycle parking
    2. PCTC staff parking
    3. Island Health staff parking
    4. Vaccination clinic parking
    5. Accessible parking

    In response to the provincial state of emergency, the City of Parksville is pleased to be able to accommodate Island Health’s vaccination clinic in the Parksville Community Centre. Questions about vaccinations should be directed to Island Health.

    For more information:
    Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications
    dtardiff@parksville.ca; 250 954-3073

  • COVID Relief Grant-in-Aid Program Offered by City of Parksville

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    February 24, 2021

    The City of Parksville has launched 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. At the February 17 meeting, Council unanimously approved funding of $280,000 for the COVID Relief Grant-in-Aid program.

    Information about this new grant-in-aid program is available on the City’s website and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until such time as $280,000 has been allocated. According to the City’s grant-in-aid policy, a select committee will review each application and make recommendations to Council as to whether grants should be approved. Submission details are outlined in the grant-in-aid policy.

    This COVID Relief Grant-in-Aid program is for registered non-profit groups providing social, cultural and community support services. Non-profit groups may be eligible for reimbursement of COVID related expenses incurred since March 2020. Please note, wage and utility costs are not eligible, as these costs are offset by senior government programs. Examples of expenses include:

    • Costs to obtain personal protective equipment
    • Enhanced cleaning/ sanitization costs
    • Costs to adapt programming or services during the COVID-19 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.


    QUOTE Mayor Ed Mayne:

    “Parksville Council values the contributions made by non-profit groups which serve our community and recognizes ongoing measures and restrictions because of the pandemic continue to cause unanticipated hardships for organizations serving our community. We are confident this grant opportunity will help sustain groups and benefit our community as we move to economic recovery.”

    For more information:

    Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications
    dtardiff@parksville.ca; 250 954-3073

  • EMO News Release - February 16, 2021

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    Virtual Emergency Preparedness Workshop - March 4
    Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with a plan and being prepared to look after yourself, your family and your pets for a minimum of one week. We encourage residents to join emergency preparedness coordinators from Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Thursday, March 4 at 1.30 pm for a Zoom workshop which will help better prepare yourself, your family and your business in the event of an emergency or disaster incident.

    Please RSVP to info@emergencyoceanside.ca if you wish to participate. We will confirm your space and then a few days before the meeting, will send Zoom instructions by email. The meeting is a closed event; however, your screen name will be visible to the other participants.

    The ongoing pandemic reminds us of the importance of personal preparedness and that having a plan is critical to protect ourselves and our families. While we continue to physically distance and spend more time at home, there’s an opportunity to build emergency preparedness plans to fit our individual personal needs. We hope this workshop will help raise awareness and offer information and tips to help prepare businesses, individuals and families for the possibility of an emergency.

    To join, you will need a computer with an internet connection and can join the meeting in the following ways:

    • Computer with camera and microphone – click the link provided.
    • Computer with camera and no microphone – click link and call the phone number provided.
    • Computer with no camera or no microphone – call the phone number provided.

    If you have a specific subject you wish included in the presentation or questions you would like answered, please send them to info@emergencyoceanside.ca and we will do our best. We look forward to connecting with you, virtually!

    COVID-19 Immunization Plan
    BC's immunization plan is scheduled to occur in four phases through September with eligibility based on your age in 2021. The timeline for each phase may change due to vaccine availability and everyone in BC recommended to receive the vaccine will have the opportunity to get it in 2021. Please refer to gov.bc.ca/COVID19 for the most up-to-date information.

    Phase 1 through February 2021

    • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities.
    • Individuals assessed for and awaiting long-term care.
    • Residents and staff of assisted living residences.
    • Essential visitors to long-term care facilities and assisted living residences.
    • Hospital health care workers who may provide care for COVID-19 patients in settings like Intensive Care Units, emergency departments, paramedics, medical units and surgical units.
    • Remote and isolated Indigenous communities.

    Phase 2 - February to March

    • Seniors aged 80 and over not immunized in Phase 1.
    • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) seniors age 65 and over, Elders and additional Indigenous communities not immunized in Phase 1.
    • Hospital staff, community general practitioners and medical specialists not immunized in Phase 1.
    • Vulnerable populations living and working in select congregated settings.
    • Staff in community home support and nursing services for seniors.

    Phase 3, April to June
    People aged 79 to 60, in five-year increments as well as those 16 to 69 who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable.

    Phase 4 - July to September
    People aged 59 to 18, in five-year increments:

    There are three steps to the immunization process, outlined here:

    STEP: Pre-registration - When you pre-register, you select your preferred method of communication. This is how you will be contacted to reserve an appointment. You can pre-register two to four weeks before eligible to reserve an appointment. Eligibility is based on your phase and age, working backwards in five-year increments. Pre-registration opens March 2021. There will be two options to pre-register, online and by phone.

    STEP 2: Appointment reservation - When contacted to reserve a vaccine appointment, you must complete a prescreening and select a location, date and time. This can be done online or by phone.

    STEP 3: Appointment day - Come prepared to your appointment and arrive a few minutes before your scheduled time. At the immunization clinic you will complete a check-in process, get your vaccine dose and wait in an observation area for about 15 minutes.

    Getting the second dose - People who get their first vaccine dose will be notified by email, text message or phone call when they are eligible to book an appointment for the second dose.

    Province-wide restrictions remain in place until further notice
    Your actions are helping to keep our businesses and schools open, and our hospitals and communities safe. Thank you for continuing to do your part in keeping our community safe and helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    • Middle and secondary school students are required to wear a mask in all indoor areas.
    • Masks are required in all public indoor settings and workplaces.
    • Spend time with those in your household or core bubble only.
    • Explore close to home and avoid non-essential travel.
    • Enjoy a walk or hike with a friend, but do not gather outdoors.

    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. 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 - January 19, 2021

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    Welcome to 2021! We look forward to continuing to share great emergency preparedness information with you. Please forward this email to neighbours, friends or family who might be interested in receiving our info.

    Island Health is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases in the central island region again. We have been asked by Island Health to remind residents to double down on your efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Even though vaccinations will be coming, now is not the time to relax. COVID-19 is in all our communities and everyone must continue to follow the steps we know are effective in reducing the risk of transmission. Thank you for continuing to do your part; everything we do now will make a difference in the days and weeks to come.

    Washing our hands regularly, keeping at least two metres apart, wearing a mask in public spaces, and getting tested if you feel unwell are fundamentals of defeating this virus. It is also strongly recommended that everyone limit their travel between communities and outside the province, unless it is essential for work or medical care.

    Province-wide PHO Restrictions Continue
    The Provincial Health Officer order to suspend all events and social gatherings continues through midnight, February 5. These orders are intended to significantly reduce COVID-19 transmission related to social interactions and travel. It is recommended that all non-essential travel continue to be avoided. Are you experiencing cold, flu or COVID-19 like symptoms? Please remember to visit http://bc.thrive.health to complete a self-assessment to see if you need a test before calling the Island Health Testing Call Centre. Non-medical information about COVID-19 is available daily, 7:30 am to 8 pm at 1 888-COVID19.

    Here’s what we must do to keep safe:

    • Limit social interactions to our immediate household. Those who live alone must limit their social interactions to one or two people in their frequent bubble. The fewer people we see, the less chance of exposure.
    • Wash our hands often; an easy and effective way to prevent the spread.
    • Wear a mask in all indoor public settings, including all retail stores and restaurants, except when eating or drinking. • Limit time in public places to essential trips for things like groceries and medications.
    • If you are experiencing cold, influenza or COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are mild, please stay home, self-isolate and visit bc.thrive.health or Island Health’s website to determine if you require testing.
    • Testing is fast and easy. People aged four and older can be tested with a gargle test or nasopharyngeal swab with results usually available within 24 hours. Before calling to book an appointment, please use the self-assessment tool at bc.thrive.health to determine if you or your child needs a COVID-19 test. If a test is recommended, call 1 844 901-8442 to book an appointment (daily 8:30 am – 8 pm). Testing is available by appointment only.

    Province-wide restrictions:

    • Masks are required in British Columbia in all public indoor settings and workplaces.
    • Spend time with those in your household or core bubble only.
    • Explore close to home and avoid non-essential travel.
    • Enjoy a walk or hike with a friend, but do not gather outdoors.

    These restrictions will help to keep our businesses and schools open and our hospitals and communities safe. Thank you for continuing to do your part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Most recent info at gov.bc.ca/COVID19

    Zoom with EMO Emergency Preparedness
    The pandemic has changed so much about the way we live and work and for Parksville and Qualicum Beach emergency program coordinators, engaging the community is no exception. Without pandemic restrictions in place, our EPCs would be working in the community, meeting with residents and neighbourhood groups. If you have a group of friends or neighbours interested in a presentation or talk about an emergency preparedness topic, please email info@emergencyoceanside.ca and we will look after you.

    Rob and Aaron have been reaching out virtually with organized Zoom sessions, an opportunity to chat about emergency preparedness. We have a few spaces available on:

    • Thursday, January 21 at 10 am
    • Wednesday, January 27 at 2 pm

    Email info@emergencyoceanside.ca if you would like to participate, letting us know which date is preferred. We will confirm your participation and send you Zoom instructions by email. To join, you will need a computer with an internet connection and can join the meeting in the following ways:

    • Computer with camera and microphone – click the link provided.
    • Computer with camera and no microphone – click link and call the phone number provided.
    • Computer with no camera or no microphone – call the phone number provided.


    There’s a cold snap coming…
    Environment Canada is predicting a few days of colder weather and possibly snow. 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.

    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. 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 - December 15, 2020

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    Home for the Holidays
    Thank you for doing your part to keep us all safe. 2020 has been a challenging year and we are encouraged to see a vaccine on the horizon. Thank you for your support of EMO and we look forward to sharing emergency preparedness information with you in 2021. On behalf of the EMO team and the Councils and staff of the Town of Qualicum Beach and City of Parksville, we wish you a most wonderful holiday season and a safe and healthy 2021.

    COVID-19 Update
    Recent COVID-19 measures, which prohibit gatherings and events as well as meeting with people outside of your immediate household, have been extended until midnight, January 8.

    Province-wide restrictions:

    • Masks are required in British Columbia in all public indoor settings and workplaces.
    • Spend time with those in your household or core bubble only.
    • Explore close to home and avoid non-essential travel.
    • Enjoy a walk or hike with a friend, but do not gather outdoors.

    The extended measures mean there will be no multi-household Christmas dinners, Hanukkah celebrations or New Year's Eve gatherings. People who live alone may form a bubble with another unit, but everyone else is asked to stick to their immediate household. Some drive-through, drive-in and drop-off events with COVID safety plans are allowed with up to 50 people who must stay inside their vehicles. Schools will remain open until their usual holiday break time.

    On the fitness front, spin classes, hot yoga and high intensity interval training (HIIT) are suspended indefinitely. Other activities, such as gymnastics, dance studios, martial arts, yoga, pilates, strength and conditioning and cheerleading are on pause until new guidance is developed. Regular gyms and individual training may stay open. All adult indoor and outdoor team sports also remain banned, while youth sports have returned to phase two of ViaSport’s Return to Sport guidelines.

    These restrictions will help to keep our businesses and schools open and our hospitals and communities safe. Thank you for continuing to do your part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Most recent info at gov.bc.ca/COVID19.

    Spend an hour in January with EMO Emergency Preparedness Coordinators
    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much about the way we live and work and for our emergency program coordinators, engaging the community is no exception. Without pandemic restrictions in place, our EPCs would be working in the community, meeting with residents and neighbourhood groups to talk about emergency preparedness.

    So, we'd like to reach out virtually and hope you will consider spending an hour or so on Zoom with Aaron and Rob who promise to have a smile on their faces to help with those January blahs. We will be hosting a Zoom meeting on January 13 at 2 pm to chat about emergency preparedness and also answer your questions.

    Please email info@emergencyoceanside.ca if you wish to participate. A few days before the meeting, you will receive the Zoom instructions by email. Please be advised, the meeting is a closed event; however, your screen name will be visible to the other participants. Because there is a limit on the number of participants, we will host additional Zoom meetings if we are not able to accommodate everyone on January 13.

    To join, you will need a computer with an internet connection and can join the meeting in the following ways:

    • Computer with camera and microphone - click the link provided.
    • Computer with camera and no microphone - click link and call the phone number provided.
    • Computer with no camera or no microphone - call the phone number provided.

    If you have specific subjects for discussion or questions you would like answered, please send those along as well (info@emergencyoceanside.ca) and we will do our best to provide the information. We look forward to connecting with you, virtually!

    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. 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

    Please note, Town Hall is closed for the holidays on December 24, December 25 and January 1.

    FROM THE CITY OF PARKSVILLE
    City offices will be closed on Friday, December 25 and Monday, December 28 for the Christmas holidays and on Friday, January 1 for the New Year's Day holiday. City offices will be open on December 24, 29, 30 and 31.

    Currently, working within COVID-19 restrictions, the City's finance department is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm. Please continue to access our services electronically. All other City business is by appointment and walk-in services are not available. To book an appointment, phone 250 248-6144 or contact City staff by email or phone.

    The City's operations department is on call during all non-working hours, including weekends and holidays. For afterhours operations emergency, residents should call 250 248-6144 (4 pm to 8 am, Monday to Friday and weekends and holidays).

    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


  • No In-person Public Attendance at Meetings - PHO Order

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    December 5, 2020

    We were advised yesterday that the December 2 Provincial Health Officer order on Gatherings and Events repeals the November 10 order and imposes more stringent prohibitions including in-person public attendance at council meetings, public hearings, committee meetings, open houses, and other in-person meetings. This order prohibiting members of the public from attending meetings is in effect until December 7. However, given the current surge of COVID-19 infections in British Columbia, we do not expect this order will be rescinded on December 7.

    Parksville Council’s next scheduled meeting will be held at 3 pm, Monday, December 7 in the Forum, Parksville Civic and Technology Centre. In order to comply with the PHO order, the public may no longer attend this meeting. Residents may view the meeting live through webstreaming, accessible from the City’s website. The meeting video is also archived for viewing at another time. The agenda for the December 7 meeting is posted on the City’s website. Comments should be emailed to council@parksville.ca prior to the meeting.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a decision was recently made by Council to cancel the December 21 meeting. Prior to Council’s first meeting in 2021, expected to be held on January 18, we will advise the public how they may view and/or participate in the meeting. Should residents wish to reach members of Council, please email council@parksville.ca. We apologize for this last-minute notice; however, we were advised of this revised order late on December 4.

    The new Provincial Health Officer Gatherings and Events Order may be viewed here.

  • Keeping Each Other Safe During COVID-19

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    December 1, 2020

    The actions we take help keep our businesses and schools open and our community and health care services safe. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 is within our control and we thank you for doing your part. Residents are strongly urged to follow all provincial health orders and guidelines issued in response to COVID-19. Information and resources are available at Island Health and at Let’s Talk Parksville.
    • Masks/face coverings are required in BC in all public indoor settings, on public transit and in workplaces.
    • Spend time with those in your household or core bubble only. No social gatherings of any size.
    • Avoid non-essential travel.
    • Enjoy a physically distanced walk or hike with a friend, but do not gather outdoors.
    • Remain at home if you show signs however mild, of any illness like coughing, fever and other symptoms.
    City services during the pandemic - we continue to safely provide important services for our citizens; departments are available by phone or email and limited in-person services are offered through the City’s finance department. Masks or face coverings are mandatory when at City Hall and visitors will be asked to provide contact information for contact tracing purpose.

    The finance department is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm to process homeowner grants, accept property tax, utility, tickets/licence fee payments and to purchase bus passes, dog licences and building permits. All other business is by appointment only and walk-in services are not available. Please access services electronically and consider mailing payments or paying through your banking institution.
    • To book an appointment, call 250 248-6144 or refer to contact information on the website to reach City staff/departments directly.
    • General inquiries/questions to info@parksville.ca
    • Contact Vancouver Island University, School District #69 and the Parksville library by phone.
    Council meetings - the final Council meeting for 2020 will be held on December 7 in the Forum. Council continues to meet in person and the meetings are web streamed from a link on the City’s website. To meet distance requirements, in-person attendance by the public is extremely limited.

    City facilities - trails, parks and amenities remain open. Please observe posted guidelines. Residents should only go out with people from their own household and maintain a minimum distance of two metres from others.

    Request for service - Residents and businesses should use the online request for service form to report non-emergency operational issues, accessible on the City’s website. Once the form is submitted, the request for service is sent directly to the appropriate City department for their response during business hours.

    City department contact information:
    Administrative Services
    Community Planning and Building, 250 954-3061, planning@parksville.ca
    Engineering, 250 951-2484, engineering@parksville.ca
    Finance, 250 248-6144, cashier@parksville.ca
    Fire Department, 250 248-3242, fire@parksville.ca
    Operations, 250 248-5412, ops@parksville.ca

    For more information:
    Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications
    dtardiff@parksville.ca
    250 954-3073
  • EMO News Release - November 20, 2020

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    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