District of Central Saanich Updates
Please see our News feed on our website for the latest updates: https://www.centralsaanich.ca/our-community/news/covid-19-information
District of Central Saanich Response
The District of Central Saanich activated our Emergency Operations Centre on March 10. Activating the EOC provides a mechanism to centralize planning and coordinate communications. It is important to recognize the District is not the lead agency on COVID-19 (coronavirus) and will continue to take direction from the Province and Island Health. Staff are working to reduce any disruptions to District operations and to ensure regular updates.At this time, the EOC will operate out of the Central Saanich Municipal Hall during regular business hours with a primary focus on maintaining situational awareness and information sharing related to the COVID-19 situation.
To ensure the health and safety of our first responders, staff and community we are temporarily restricting public access to:
- Fire Station 1 on Keating Cross Road *by appointment only
- Municipal Hall *by appointment only
- Central Saanich Police Service *by appointment only
- Public Works Yard *deliveries only
- Playgrounds and sports courts - closed
- Private function spaces at Fire Station 1, Municipal Hall and the Fieldhouse and shelters at Centennial Park are unavailable for booking until further notice..
The Central Saanich Cultural Centre in Brentwood Bay is leased to different user groups. At this time the Centre for Active Living 50+, Panorama Recreation programs, and the Greater Victoria Public Library are closed.
The public washroom at Verdier Park is open. We have increased cleaning and ask that all users practice optimal hygiene.
Council Meetings and Public Hearings
Council meetings will continue so Council can move regular business forward.
As the Municipal Hall is closed to the public, for the time being, all Council meetings are being broadcast live here.
If you wish to submit a comment or question to Council for the meeting, you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver via the drop box at the front door prior to 12:00 noon on the day of the meeting. Submissions regarding Public Questions will be read aloud at the meeting. Your question(s) may have to be summarized to fit within the allotted time.
The District is rescheduling public hearings until a later date when all those with an interest are able to attend.
Access Services Online or By Phone
Many of our services can be accessed online:
- You can pay your water bill through online banking.
- You can watch Council meetings online following the day they occur.
- You can contact staff by email.
- You can contact Mayor and Council by email.
Please call us at 250-652-4444 so we can assist you.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve and not your hands.
- Stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.
For More Information
Residents are encouraged to stay up-to-date by regularly visiting these Federal and Provincial and local links:
- Federal: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
- Provincial: http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus
- Local: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/diseases-conditions/novel-coronavirus-information
More information on prevention and proactive preparedness can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html
If you are unsure about what to do or have concerns or questions, contact HealthLinkBC by calling 8-1-1 at any time, or contact your health care provider. Additionally, the Public Health Agency of Canada has set up a COVID-19 telephone information line at: 1-833-784-4397.
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