COVID-19 update: City parks, Council meetings, business resources, recycling

March 24, 2020
News

The City is providing more updates as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve.

“The City’s top priority remains the health and safety of our citizens, visitors and employees. This is paramount,” said Mayor Victor Cumming. “Many significant orders and recommendations have come from our federal and provincial government, designed to keep residents in Canada safe and contain the spread of this virus.

“In response, our Administration is implementing actions that: adhere to these orders and help contain the spread of infection; ensure City services are maintained; and continue providing a healthy and safe workplace for our employees.

“But it doesn’t stop there. Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, has also identified the need to keep our personal well-being in mind. She says we still need to spend time outdoors, when possible, to get fresh air and participate in safe and healthy activities while maintaining proper social physical distancing. Do not gather in groups, but spend time with your family or those you live with and enjoy this time we have together in smaller numbers.

“We live in one of the most spectacular natural settings in Canada, and we should be taking advantage of this, while following the health directives.”

City parks & public spaces

To encourage safe and healthy outdoor activity, the City is keeping its parks and public spaces open. However, citizens are reminded to follow the directives of provincial and federal health authorities while using these spaces.

If you visit a City park or public space:

  • maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres (6ft) between yourself and others
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Only attend outdoor spaces with people you live with
  • Continue practicing sound hygiene (cough into an elbow or sleeve, and wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds)

City playgrounds and Pickleball courts have been closed due to high touch points and an inability to keep enough distance between individuals. Signage will be posted in these areas. The City may need to close other facilities in the future if users gather in groups and do not follow social distancing orders.

Council meetings & Public Hearings

Vernon City Council meetings and Public Hearings have been cancelled until further notice.

Business resources

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Vernon Association have gathered a number of resources to help local businesses navigate the impact of COVID-19.

On their websites, you can find:

  • Business and economic support links
  • Education opportunities and updates
  • Remote working tools and information
  • Takeout, curbside and delivery options from local restaurants

The BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) also has a shareable guide with tools and resources to assist BC businesses. It can be found here.       

Recycling in Vernon

Recycling services across the province are provided by Recycle BC.

On March 24, Recycle BC announced its depot collection partners in Vernon (Interior Freight and Bottle Depot and Venture Training Centre) have closed temporarily, in response to COVID-19 concerns.

At this time, there is no change to curbside recycling collection in Vernon. Updates for recycling are available on the Recycle BC website: https://recyclebc.ca/covid19/.