Last Updated: April 26, 2021
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April 23, 2021:
Provincial Travel Restrictions
On the advice of Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's provincial health officer (PHO), Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has issued a new order using the extraordinary powers of the Emergency Program Act to prohibit non-essential travel between three regional zones in the province, using health authority boundaries. The regional zones are:
1. Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley (Fraser Health and Coastal Health regions);
2. Vancouver Island (Island Health region); and,
3. Northern/Interior (Interior Health and Northern Health regions).
While the order puts legal limits only on travel between regional zones, the PHO's guidance remains unchanged throughout BC: everyone should continue to stay within their local community - essential travel only.
This order will be in effect from April 23 through May 25, 2021, (after the May long weekend). It applies to everyone in the province, including non-essential travelers from outside the province. $575 fines can be given for people not following the travel restrictions. In addition, periodic road checks may be set up on key travel corridors - there will be no random individual stops.
Read the full news release here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021PSSG0029-000758.. To learn more about the new travel restrictions go to: gov.bc.ca/covidtravel.
COVID-19 Order for Workplaces – April 12, 2021
The Provincial Health Officer issued a new order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces. A workplace that has workers testing positive for COVID-19 and public health confirming transmission has occurred in the work environment may be ordered to close for a minimum of 10 days. For larger workplaces, the closure may be restricted to locations were transmission has occurred. For more information please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions#workplaces
Effective March 29 at midnight until May 25, 2021 at midnight:
• Restaurants, pubs and bars are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor patio seating and take-out or delivery is allowed.
• 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.
• Whistler Blackcomb ski resort is closed.
In addition to the orders, the provincial health officer strongly recommends:
• Working from home whenever possible, unless it is essential to be in the workplace.
• Keeping your child home from school if they feel sick or have any sign of illness.
• Getting testing immediately if you or anyone in your family feels sick.
• Avoiding all non-essential travel.
To read more please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions.
March 16, 2021
Interior Health is now making appointments for eligible seniors and Aboriginal peoples in our region to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
During this phase of the BC Immunization Plan, seniors 80+ and Aboriginal peoples 65+ and Elders are eligible. For specific information and clinic details, visit Interior Health's Vaccine Information site: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/covid-19-vaccines/.
When you are eligible, call 1-877-740-7747, between the hours of 7 am - 7 pm (PST/PDT), seven days per week. You may call in any time after you become eligible. Family members or those who provide trusted support can call in to register eligible seniors for a vaccine appointment.
In Creston, individuals will need to come to the lower level of the Creston Valley Hospital (Creston Health Centre) to check in with reception who will direct clients to the vaccination clinic. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in BC, visit the following trusted resources:
• BC Government - Vaccines in Canada
• BC Centre for Disease Control - Getting a vaccine
February 5, 2021
The Provincial Health Officer put additional orders in place on December 2, 2020 to help everyone in BC significantly reduce their social interactions and to stop COVID-19 from spreading in our province. These orders have been extended until further notice and include the following:
• Mandatory mask mandate for workers and customers in indoor public and retail spaces – and in workplace common areas
• All indoor or outdoor events as defined in our Gathering and Events order are prohibited. This includes religious, cultural or community events, with the exception of baptisms, funerals and weddings. These may proceed with up to 10 people including an officiant if a COVID-19 safety plan is in place. There are to be no associated receptions of any kind in any venue.
• There are to be no social gatherings at residences with anyone other than those who reside there. People who live alone must host no gatherings, but can continue to see one or two of the same members of their core pandemic bubble at home.
• For Event Exceptions by Sector please review: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions#pho-order
Group physical activities
• All indoor and outdoor sports for people 19 years of age and older are suspended.
• All organized indoor and outdoor sports for people under 19 years of age must follow viaSport's Return to Sport Phase 2 Guidance with respect to maintaining physical distance for participants.
• All businesses and worksites must conduct active daily screening of all on-site workers using their COVID-19 safety plans.
• Workers and customers must wear masks in indoor public and retail spaces (except when eating or drinking), and in workplace common areas, including elevators, hallways, group or break rooms, kitchens and customer counters.
• Office-based employers should temporarily suspend their efforts to safely get employees back to their workplace and support work-from-home options wherever possible.
• All non-essential travel outside of one’s community is strongly discouraged. People travelling to stay with immediate family members should ensure they do not host or participate in any social gatherings.
January 8, 2021
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Starting January 7, 2021, all air passengers five years of age or older, including Canadians, will be required to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their scheduled departure to Canada. Contact local health authorities to find out where you can get a PCR test. For more information please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2020/12/pre-departure-covid-19-testing-and-negative-results-to-be-required-for-all-air-travellers-coming-to-canada.html
- Town Hall Re-Open Policy - Town of Creston Policy and Procedures for Re-Opening Town Hall (COVID-19).
- Town of Creston Resources Mailout - Resource information for Creston residents
- Public Facilities - Information regarding facility closures and modified service levels at local public facilities operated by the Town of Creston and/or the Regional District of Central Kootenay.
- Business Information - Information and resources for businesses in the Creston Valley.
- Community Resources - Listing of Creston specific resources for grocery shopping, prescriptions, senior support, children’s support and related information.
- Stop the Spread - How you can help stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Travel Information - Information regarding international travel.
- Trusted External Resources - Province of British Columbia, BC Centre for Disease Control, Interior Health Authority, and other trusted information sources.
- Protecting Your Home - Information on best practices to protect your family at home.
- Mental Health Resources - Information and support for mental health.
Town of Creston | COVID-19 Response
A message from Councillor Comer about staying home with children 24/7 during COVID-19. (April 17)
A message from Mayor Ron Toyota regarding COVID-19 Communication and Resources (April 6)
A message from Councillor DeBoon regarding COVID-19 and getting outdoors (April 1)
A message from Mayor Toyota to all returning travelers (March 24)
A message from Councillor Wilson about adapting to social distancing. (April 21)
A message from Councillor Elford on supporting local business. (April 14)
A message from RCMP Staff Sergeant Ryan Currie on Creston Police Services. (April 3)
A message from CAO Michael Moore regarding Town COVID-19 response (March 27)
A message from Mayor Toyota about the Town’s COVID-19 Information Line (March 23)
The Town of Creston is working closely with the Provincial government, Interior Health Authority, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), and other partner agencies to monitor the COVID-19 situation and respond appropriately.
The health and safety of our employees and community members is our first priority. We are following the Orders and recommendations from our Provincial Medical Health Officer. Our goal, along with our RDCK partners, is to ensure accurate and coordinated information is available as it relates to our community.
The Town of Creston activated an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) on March 14, 2020. Activating the EOC provides a mechanism to centralize planning and coordinate communications.
Through activation of the EOC, the Town of Creston is:
- preparing for possible impacts of the pandemic;
- providing accurate information to our residents as it becomes available;
- ensuring continuity of the Town’s essential services (sewer, water, street sweeping, etc.);
- combating the spread of COVID-19 through regular disinfection in key areas of town, and temporary facility closures; and,
- working with our partners at the RDCK, through our shared emergency management program to further coordinate our efforts of keeping residents informed.