Creston, BC - June 25, 2020: 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 July 7, 2020 to support the continued coordination of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Phase 3 of British Columbia’s Restart Plan: British Columbians are taking the next step in BC’s Restart Plan with a gradual transition to Phase 3, including the safe and respectful return of travel and tourism within the province. British Columbians who wish to travel within B.C. this summer are advised to plan ahead and be respectful while visiting communities, especially smaller and rural towns. The provincial health officer has laid out travel guidelines for everyone travelling to and within B.C.:
- pre-trip planning and research on available resources at arriving destination;
- respecting any local travel advisories to isolated and remote communities;
- no travelling for anyone who is sick, and if symptoms develop while travelling – self isolate immediately and contact 811 for guidance and testing;
- practising safe physical distancing of two metres at all times;
- spending time in small groups and open spaces; and
- practising good hygiene, including frequent handwashing and cleaning.
- To read more about Phase 3 visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PREM0033-001159
Safety Measures for Seasonal Domestic Fruit Pickers: The B.C. government is providing funding to local governments to help set up designated campsite accommodations for seasonal domestic fruit pickers, pursuant to the health and safety requirements outlined by the Provincial Health Officer. All seasonal fruit pickers will need to take a new online COVID-19 awareness course through AgSafe, an independent association representing B.C. farm employer and worker organizations. The Ministry of Agriculture has provided the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen with $60,000 and the Creston Valley-Kootenay Lake Economic Action Partnership with $112,000 to help support these camping sites with on-site co-ordination to ensure they meet health and safety requirements.
To read more visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020AGRI0025-001169S