COVID-19 | Past Updates
September 8, 2020 Update:
- Provincial Health Officer Order on Bars, Nightclubs and Banquet Halls amended: All nightclubs and stand-alone banquet halls are ordered closed until further notice. Liquor sales in all bars, pubs and restaurants must cease at 10 pm and they must close at 11 pm unless providing a full meal service, in which case they may stay open but may not serve liquor until 11 am the following day. Music or other background sounds, such as from televisions in bars, lounges, pubs and restaurants, must be no louder than the volume of a normal conversation so that patrons do not have to shout. For more information on the Provincial Health Officer’s Orders, please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
September 1, 2020 Update:
- The Provincial state of emergency has been extended until the end of the day, September 15, 2020.
August 18, 2020 Update:
- The Provincial state of emergency has been extended until the end of the day, September 1, 2020.
August 14, 2020 Update:
- Orientation Week, Return to School: To ensure schools are ready to welcome students into the classroom this September, a gradual restart will take place the week of September 8-11, allowing extra orientation time for students and staff. Students will be welcomed back to class on September 10, assigned to their class and their learning group, and given time to familiarize themselves with the new health and safety measures in place. To learn more about orientation week please visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0054-001506
- Canada-US Border remains closed until September 21, 2020: Canada and US officials have agreed to keep the border between Canada and the United States closed to non-essential travel for another month until September 21, 2020.
August 4, 2020 Update:
- The Provincial state of emergency has been extended until the end of the day on August 18, 2020.
July 28, 2020 Update:
- Amended Order for Gatherings and Events: The Provincial Health Officer’s Orders on mass gatherings has been amended to limit the number of people in vacation accommodation. A maximum of five individuals may attend a social gathering or an event in a vacation accommodation, in addition to the occupants. To read the order: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-gatherings-events.pdf
July 24, 2020 Update:
- Amended Order for Food Service Establishments, Liquor Services and Events: the Provincial Health Officer’s Order to Food Service Establishments, Liquor Services and Events is being amended. All patrons must now be seated at a designated seat. There is no liquor self-service or dancing, and measures need to be in place to reduce lineups and gathering outside. Changes in the requirements of events have also been made to further reduce the potential for transmission. To read the Order: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-nightclubs-food-drink.pdf
July 22, 2020 Update:
- The Provincial state of emergency has been extended until the end of the day on August 4, 2020.
July 21, 2020 Updates:
- Updated modeling on the epidemiology of COVID-19, outlining how the virus has affected people in BC. The modelling presented suggests that increasing numbers of new cases during the summer remain a possibility. It further suggests that every new case of COVID-19 in BC, infects at least one more person. To view the modeling: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Covid19-Modelling_Update.pdf
- Regional District of Central Kootenay Indoor Fitness Centre Re-Opening: On Monday July 27, 2020, the indoor fitness centre at the Creston and District Community Complex is set to re-open. For more information please visit: https://rdck.ca/EN/meta/news/news-archives/2020-news-archive/indoor-fitness-centres-to-re-open-in-castlegar-creston-and-nelson-pre-registration-is-required-.html
July 7, 2020 Updates:
- The Provincial state of emergency has been extended until the end of the day on July 21, 2020.
June 24, 2020 Updates:
- The Provincial state of emergency has been extended until the end of the day on July 7, 2020.
- The Splash Park is open for use between 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Splash park equipment will not be cleaned or sanitized. Please remember:
- If you feel sick or have any cold or flu symptoms, stay home
- Keep two (2) metres distant from others at all times
- Clean your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitizer before and after use
- Avoid overcrowding. If the splash park is busy, come back another time
June 16, 2020 Updates:
- Creston and District Community Complex Offering Outdoor Fitness Programming Registration can be done online or over the phone. Phone registration hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (250) 428 7127, or REGISTER HERE.
- The Regional District of Central Kootenay announces Summer Outdoor Programs The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) recreation services will be offering outdoor programs during the summer season. Program registration will open on June 23 for July and August summer programming. All programs require pre-registration.For more information on summer programs please visit: https://rdck.ca/EN/meta/news/news-archives/2020-news-archive/rdck-announces-summer-outdoor-programs-registration-opens-june-23.html
June 12, 2020 Updates:
WEBEX Details for Committee of the Whole Meeting – June 16, 2020: In accordance with Ministerial Order No. M139, The Town of Creston invites the public and media to participate electronically in the next Committee of the Whole Meeting, scheduled at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.
- Webex Details: https://creston.webex.com/creston/j.php?MTID=m13b95d22b09945d164b3f9f9e6e78832
- Meeting number (access code): 133 361 6474
- Meeting password: TownCouncil
- Agenda: https://pub-creston.escribemeetings.com/FileStream.ashx?DocumentId=69
Please join the meeting without video, and please ensure you are muted after roll call until question period.
June 10, 2020 Updates:
- The Provincial state of emergency has been extended by the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth, until the end of the day on June 23, 2020 to support continued coordination of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
- Re-Opening Playground Equipment: At the Regular Council Meeting held on June 9, 2020, Council adopted the Playground Equipment Opening Policy. As of Thursday, June 11, 2020, Town owned playgrounds and outdoor “green gym” exercise equipment will be re-opened for use by the public. Town of Creston Council and staff ask that playground and park users practice proper hand hygiene by washing their hands immediately before and after using the playground equipment and to carry and use hand sanitizer if washroom facilities are unavailable. In order to be able to maintain physical distancing, we ask that if parks and equipment are busy, to return later. When using the playground equipment, please remember:
- If you are sick or have any cold/flu symptoms, stay home
- Only children are allowed on playground equipment
- Keep 2 meters distant from anyone outside your household
- Take turns, be patient; and above all else,
- Be kind.
- Please note that the playground and outdoor exercise equipment will not be cleaned or sanitized. At this time, the splash park remains closed
June 8, 2020 Updates:
- Regular Council and Special Committee of the Whole Meeting June 9, 2020: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Council meetings have been held virtually, following a modified meeting schedule, in accordance with Ministerial Order No. M139. The Town of Creston recognizes that public participation in local governance is an integral part of providing good government; and as such, provisions have been made to allow the public and media to participate electronically via Webex in the upcoming Regular Council Meeting and Special Committee of the Whole Meeting.
June 2, 2020 Update:
- The Regional District of Central Kootenay in partnership with the Town of Creston established an Economic Recovery Committee “the Committee” to help industry in adopting and communicating the necessary guidelines and Orders from the Federal and Provincial Government. At this time, the Committee is focused on supporting the Agricultural Industry in the Creston Valley. This includes engaging community partners, the Interior Health Authority, and working with farmers and orchardists to ensure the health and safety of employees and the community through investment in worker accommodation infrastructure. Additionally, the Committee will support farmers with health and safety training for their workers and provide ongoing support throughout the harvest season.
June 1, 2020 Update:
- Town Hall Re-Opens with New Safety Protocols: Town Hall will be physically open 9 am – 12 pm, and 1 pm – 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Many safety protocols have been implemented, including but not limited to: clearly marked entrance and exit locations, allowing only one customer in the building at a time, markers indicating proper spacing for physical distancing, providing hand sanitizer for customer use, and the installation of plexiglass at the customer service counters.
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May 28, 2020 Updates:
- Update to Farmer’s Market Order: Dr. Bonnie Henry has update the public health order that previously restricted farmer’s markets from selling non-food products. The new order, allows this and will also allow outdoor dining at such markets, subject to physical distancing. To read the Order: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-vending-merchandise-at-markets.pdf
May 27, 2020 Updates:
- The Provincial state of emergency has been extended by the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth, until the end of the day on June 9, 2020 to support continued coordination of the COVID-19 pandemic response. This marks the longest state of emergency in our Province’s history.
May 25, 2020 Updates:
- Mass Gatherings Order: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/reports-publications/covid-19-pho-class-order-mass-gatherings.pdf (groups of more than 50 people are prohibited, provides guidance for Drive In Events)
- Food Service Establishments and Liquor Services Order: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-nightclubs-food-drink.pd
May 19, 2020 Updates:
- Personal Service Establishments Order Cancelled as of May 19, 2020: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/pho_-_class_order_to_owners_operators_of_nightclubs_and_food_drink_service_covid-19_may_15_final.pdf
May 15, 2020 Updates:
- Guidance for Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan: WorkSafeBC released industry-specific guidelinesand resources moving into Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan. Guidelines are available for the following sectors:
- restaurants, cafes and pubs;
- salons and personal services;
- museums, art galleries and libraries, real estate;
- health services;
- in-person counselling;
- parks and outdoor spaces; and
- office space.
- Note that the Provincial Medical Health Officer issued an Order regarding COVID-19 Safety Plans that requires businesses to post a copy of their COVID-19 Safety Plan on their website, in addition to having it available at their worksite. Under this Order, businesses must provide a copy of their COVID-19 Safety Plan to a Health Officer or a WorkSafeBC Officer, on request.
- For a list of resources to support the development of your COVID-19 Safety Plan please visit: https://creston.ca/2410/COVID-19-Business-Information
May 13, 2020 Updates:
- The Provincial state of emergency has been extended until the end of the day on May 26, 2020 to support continued coordination of the pandemic response. https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PSSG0029-000872
May 11, 2020 Updates:
May 7, 2020 Updates:
- BC’s Restart Plan: Today, Premier John Horgan announced BC’s Restart Plan, which outlines four phases towards a “new normal.” The Province is currently in Phase 1, “Essential Services Operating.” Phase 2, which will begin in mid-May, includes:
- small social gatherings;
- a resumption of elective surgeries and regulated health services like physiotherapy, dentistry, chiropractors and in-person counselling;
- provincial parks open for day use;
- opening more non-essential businesses in keeping with safe operations plans;
- recalling the provincial legislature for regular sittings
April 30, 2020 Updates:
- Property Taxes Due on July 2, 2020: Following Provincial recommendations, the municipal tax for residential, utility and farm class properties are due on July 2, 2020. Penalties will be applied if payment is received after 4:30 p.m. on July 2. Property taxes for the business, light industry, and recreation/non-profit class properties will also be due on July 2, 2020; however, if taxes are paid before October 1, 2020 no penalty will be applied. Tax notices will be distributed mid-May 2020.
April 29, 2020 Updates:
- Provincial State of Emergency Extended: British Columbia’s state of emergency has been extended for an additional two weeks, through to the end of the day on May 12, 2020. This state of emergency will continue to support the measures taken by the Province under the Emergency Program Act to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 28, 2020 Updates:
- Industrial Camp Order: The Provincial Health Officer issued an Order to Persons who Employ Workers in the Agricultural, Aquacultural, Forestry and Resource Sectors and/or Who Provide Accommodation for them in an Industrial Camp or other Congregate Setting Including a Motel, Hotel, or Tents. This Order provides direction to the Agricultural Sector, outlining mandatory actions that these employers will need to implement in an effort to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 in the workplace. Actions include, but are not limited to:
- developing a COVID-19 Prevention and Control protocol,
- maintaining high levels for accommodation, worksite and hygiene conditions
- provide for a rapid response if a worker develops symptoms of COVID-19
- appointing a coordinator to act as a liaison between the employer and the Regional health officer.
- For information on the Ministry of Agriculture’s response to COVID-19 visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/covid-19-response
- COVID-19 Testing Strategy Expanded: B.C.’s COVID-19 testing strategy has been expanded to include anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, regardless of how mild. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. However, not everyone needs to be tested. Interior Health notes that COVID-19 testing is not recommended for individuals without symptoms. To learn how to book an appointment for a COVID-19 test and for a complete list of testing centres in the Interior Health Region please visit: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/testing-information/ If you have questions or feel that you may need to be tested, contact your family doctor or phone HealthLink BC 811.
April 27, 2020 Updates:
- Creston Valley Farmers’ Market Opens May 2, 2020: The CVFM, in consultation with the Town of Creston, has been working hard to adapt to the new Provincial requirements. The Market will open with 11 food vendors that meet the criteria outlined by the PHO. Each vendor will be spaced to maintain physical distance from each other. Foot traffic into and out of the market will be monitored, hand wash stations will be available for public use, and no personal bags or containers will be permitted.
- REMINDER: Online engagement tool for Columbia Basin Trust CIP/AAP grants: Public engagement is an integral part of the Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Program Funding (CIP/AAP) process. Normally, public input into the grant awards would be received at community meetings held throughout the region every April. Due to the current restrictions on public gatherings, staff from the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) have worked closely with Columbia Basin Trust to develop an online engagement tool to ensure the grant process moves forward. This tool will allow the public to give their feedback on proposed projects for the area in which they live.
- Please note that the online engagement tool is not a voting system, but a way for the public to provide their feedback on projects they feel are most important to the area they live in. Once collected, all feedback will be shared with each area’s adjudication committee for their review and consideration.
- The public engagement period takes place May 1, 2020 at 8:00 am to May 11, 2020 at 4:30 pm.
- To participate in the public engagement process, please visit the RDCK website at http://rdck.ca/cip-aap after May 1.
- View press release on the RDCK website
April 21, 2020 Updates:
- Taking Care of Yourself and Others: The BC Centre for Disease Control released a COVID-19 Guide “Be Prepared, Be Well: How to care for yourself and others.” This guide offers advice on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19, how to prepare for illness at home, how to care for yourself or family members who may become ill with COVID-19. Additionally, it outlines available mental health resources and tips to help you prepare for self-isolation. It is well worth the read and can be accessed at: http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID-19-Care-for-yourself-others.pdf
April 20, 2020 Updates:
- Valley Community Services Offering Emotional Support: It is normal to feel stress, irritability, and anxiety during this time. If these feelings are affecting your ability to manage day to day, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Valley Community Services (VCS) can be reached at 250 428-5547 between 9 am and 12 pm Monday to Thursday.
- School District 8 Broadens Program Offering Onsite Education: SD8 has broadened its program offering on-site education for the children of essential services workers. The program has now been expanded to include children of firefighters, police officers, grocery store workers, truck drivers, and utilities workers from frontline medical and health care essential workers only. Parents interested in learning more should contact their school’s principal. Contact information is available at: https://www.sd8.bc.ca/sites/default/files/Contact%20List.pdf
- Kearl Lake Order: With seven positive tests for COVID-19 traced to people in B.C. who have returned from the Kearl Lake oil sands project in northern Alberta, the B.C. government has issued an order of self-isolation for anyone who has returned to B.C. from that mine and processing plant. “Right now I am ordering anybody who has been in the Kearl Lake project since March 15 and has returned to British Columbia that they must self-isolate for 14 days after their return,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry today (April 20, 2020). “For many people, this will mean that their return was over 14 days ago. If they had symptoms during that time, or if they continue to have symptoms, we want you to connect with 8-1-1.”
April 16, 2020 Update:
- Town of Creston Council Meetings: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Council meetings will be held virtually and follow a modified meeting schedule (indicated below). Please note, that the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General passed a Ministerial Order regarding Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (Ministerial Order No. M083). This Order suspends the requirement to allow members of the public to attend an open meeting of Council or body while the provincial state of emergency is in effect. The Town of Creston recognizes that public participation in local governance is an integral part of providing good government. While public participation is currently limited by technological capacity and circumstance, all Council agenda packages will continue to be posted on the Town of Creston website prior to the scheduled Council Meetings and the minutes will be available upon adoption. Any agenda items that require public consultation and input to move forward (e.g., development variance permits, amendments to the Official Community Plan or zoning bylaws) are on hold.
- Regular Committee of the Whole – April 21, 2020
- Regular Council Meeting – May 12, 2020 (pending rescinding Order No. M083)
- BC Wildfire Service Burn Ban: Effective noon on Thursday April 16, 2020, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout British Columbia to reduce the likelihood of human caused wildfires, although campfires will still be allowed. These open burning prohibitions will reduce the demands on firefighting resources and help protect the health and safety of the public. They will also help reduce the impact of wildfire smoke on air quality and public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information read the B.C Wildfire Service information bulletin.
April 15, 2020 Update:
- Town of Creston Parks: A reminder that the Town of Creston parks are closed to bookings and gatherings; however, they remain open for general public use. Please note that the public washrooms, playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment that are owned by the Town are all closed. We ask that everyone practice social distancing by maintaining a physical distance of two metres, and continue to follow the recommendations of our Provincial and Federal Medical Health Authorities.
April 7 Update:
- Take Care of your Mental Health: While we focus on measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is important to ensure that we are also monitoring and caring for our mental health. The Town of Creston has updated our COVID-19 information page to include links to free mental health resources: http://www.creston.ca/2415/COVID-19-Mental-Health.
April 6 Update:
- Changes to Medical First Responder Services: British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) is working to reduce the risk of front line worker exposure to COVID-19 and minimize the use of personal protective equipment. As such, firefighters will not be dispatched to calls for influenza like illnesses. Creston Fire Rescue will continued to be dispatched to the most severe medical calls and where an ambulance may be delayed. Firefighters in the Creston Valley are dedicated to serving the residents during this time and will be there when needed.
- Support for Small Business: Over the last number of weeks, the federal and provincial governments along with private sector and not-for profit organizations have announced COVID-19 focused business supports. For information please visit: https://www.creston.ca/2410/COVID-19-Business-Information
April 2 Update:
- The Canada Emergency Relief Benefit Website is Live: The Canada Emergency Response Benefit provides temporary income support to workers who have stopped working and are without employment or self-employment income for reasons related to COVID-19. The Benefit is paid in blocks of four weeks in the amount of $2,000, which is equivalent to $500 per week for a maximum of 16 weeks. Applications will be accepted starting on April 6, 2020. To help manage applications the Canada Revenue Agency has set up specific days for you to apply, organized by birth month. For more information please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html
- Childcare Support: A new Provincial process was announced on March 31, 2020 to support parents who are essential service workers during the response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This process will match parents, who are working on the front lines of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, with child care in their area. This applies for children up to five years of age. Forms can be accessed by calling 1 888 338-6622 and selecting Option 4, or online: www.gov.bc.ca/essential-service-child-care
April 1 Update:
- Hearts for Heroes: In all of the COVID-19 uncertainty, one thing has proven to be true: there are many heroes among us. “Hearts for Heroes” invites you to celebrate the essential workers, emergent volunteers and all of the individuals who have been working tirelessly throughout this crisis. Be bright, bold and use what you have to create a display of hearts. If you have a specific hero or heroes, make a heart for them, write their name on the heart, and place it in your window to brighten their day. Feel free to put up as many hearts as you need to show your gratitude, care and respect for those serving our community. Lastly, please send pictures of your displays to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag the Town of Creston on Facebook.
March 31 Update:
- The Town of Creston understands that not everyone in our community has access to or uses the internet. To support those individuals we have launched a COVID-19 information line. This line provides daily updates, contact information for community resources, and other messages for residents of the Creston Valley. Over the last week, we have been working on improving our system to better serve you. Please share our number (250) 428-8658 with those that need it.
March 30 Update:
- During the COVID-19 crisis, it is very important to minimize visits to and through the Emergency Department. Creston residents who do not have a family physician, who have needs for non-urgent chronic followup or prescription refill can call 1.855.411.1630
March 26 Updates:
- The Town of Creston’s Emergency Operation Centre has activated an advanced planning team to prepare for what the community may need in the future.
- Open Burning is Banned in Creston Valley until April 15, 2020. The Regional District of Central Kootenay operated Landfill on Mallory Road will be accepting yard and garden waste for free during the month of April. The Town will also be doing our regular curbside pickup April 14-16, 2020.
- Cooking fires are allowed as per our Town of Creston Fire Services Bylaw 1774, Schedule A (page 31). Click here for details.
March 24 Updates:
- The Creston & District Community Center skatepark and sports court are now closed.
- Town Of Creston Staff are sanitizing high touch areas in Town; including, but not limited to bench arm rests, stair railings, crosswalk buttons and bus stops twice daily. A mild bleach solution, safe for the public and staff, is being used.
- All Travellers are reminded to follow the Provincial Medical Health Officer’s Order to Self Isolate upon return to Canada.
March 23 Updates:
- The Town of Creston has launched a COVID-19 Information Line (250) 428-8658 for those who don’t have access to our web updates. Please make sure to share it with those who need it. We will be updating the message daily.
- Town of Creston playgrounds and exercise equipment are now closed to the public
- Message to anyone who attended the March 12-15 Kamloops Sportsman Bonspiel. An individual who attended has tested positive for COVID-19. Anyone who attended this Bonspiel must self-isolate.
- All personal service businesses (hair salons, massage, tattoos etc.) are required to close.
- RDCK Landfill is no longer accepting organic waste, wood, or metal. Only regular household waste may be dropped off. No fees are being charged at this time.