Update on City Programming Impacts Relating to COVID-19

Fri, March 13, 2020

The City of Prince Rupert would like to assure the community that although at this time there are no locally confirmed cases, we are implementing protocols within our services and facilities to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19 virus as a precautionary measure. Public health risk will be continually reassessed and City services will be adjusted accordingly should the risk level change.

The following measures are in place:

  • The City has directed staff to enhance cleaning measures within our facilities, and we are also asking our staff as well as residents to observe good hygiene practices (such as regular handwashing and social distancing), as recommended by the local health authorities. (See this video from the BC Centre for Disease Control for additional tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-KviLbtBq8)
  • March can be a busy time for our customer service area at City Hall. To promote recommended social distancing, residents seeking to pay utility bills and other amounts owing are encouraged to use alternative payment methods to in-person options, such as paying by cheque in the mailslot (delivered to City Hall on or before the due date) or online payment via your financial institution (contact your financial institution for more information). More information on paying utility bills can be found, here:http://princerupert.ca/city_hall/utility_fees
  • In addition, BC Transit has implemented enhanced cleaning measures for their fleet of buses to prevent potential spread via transit.  Their full notice outlining measures that are in place is posted, here: https://www.bctransit.com/prince-rupert/news?nid=1529708446459
  • The Recreation Department is cancelling a number of programs. Registered participants are being contacted by staff to inform them of cancellations, and community members are encouraged to share this information.  We apologize for the inconvenience, however this step is being taken in an abundance of caution to minimize potential impacts to the community.  
    • The following programs have been cancelled until further notice:
      • Adult Sewing
      • Art-Ventures
      • Bronze Cross/Medallion Camp
      • Carpet Bowling
      • Casual Gym
      • Co-Ed Indoor Soccer
      • Drop in Kid’s Zone
      • Drop in Youth Lounge
      • Drop in Climbing Wall
      • Fitness:  
        • Abs!!
        • Barre Burn
        • BodyFit
        • Power Flow Yoga
        • Tabata GX
        • Yin & Tonic
        • Zumba
      • Men’s Indoor Floor Hockey
      • Nifty Fifties Walking Club
      • Noon-Hour Badminton
      • Public Skating
      • Spring Break Camps
      • Swimming Lessons
      • Volleyball
      • Women’s Ball Hockey
      • Youth Sewing
  • The local BC Hockey Championships, scheduled for March 15th to 18th at the Recreation Complex in Prince Rupert has also been cancelled by BC Hockey, along with all of their other events. Prince Rupert Minor Hockey has also suspended all games, practices and gatherings until further notice as a precautionary measure.
  • Tomorrow evening’s Figure Skating Ice Gala has also been cancelled.

Please stay tuned to the City’s communications channels, local news and social media for updates regarding potential changes to service.

As noted in prior communications, municipal governments are guided by the direction of local, provincial and federal health authorities on matters related to public health. Residents seeking up to date information on the situation as it develops should follow Northern Health via their website and on social media and/or see the resources below.

For further information, check out:

The BC Centre for Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

Health Link BC (includes answers to commonly asked questions): http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/common-questions

The Federal Department of Health: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

The World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Veronika Stewart, Communications Manager

250 627 0976

veronika.stewart@princerupert.ca