Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATES

COVID-19 remains an evolving situation and the municipality continues to respond to the advice and direction provided by federal and provincial governments. The best defense for residents continues to be social distancing, frequent handwashing and staying home whenever possible. We have collected some resources below to answer your most frequently asked questions.

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20 March 28


Some residents have come forward with concerns regarding fly-in fly-out employees who are coming into the community and heading out to the industrial work camps. At a broader level, this concern is shared by many communities in the northeast of BC and these concerns have been expressed very strongly to the Province.


The Provincial Government has assured local governments that they are working on ways to address issues specific to industrial work camps and worker travel. Additionally, as of March 26, local government authority to implement travel restrictions has been suspended beyond those issued by the Provincial Government under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer.  Currently, local governments cannot restrict the travel or movement of people entering a specific community.


Though the municipality cannot regulate travel, the NRRM has been endeavoring to contact companies that use this employment model to ensure that the community's concerns are heard and that the proper precautions are being taken.



20 March 27

COVID-19 Update

The health and safety of NRRM staff and the Northern Rockies community, as well as continued delivery of essential municipal services are top priorities during these uncertain times. Local authorities have been instructed to implement emergency plans; the NRRM's internal Emergency Operations Centre has been activated since March 20 to effectively manage municipal response efforts to the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic. To coordinate efforts:

  • –Daily calls with Emergency Management BC (EMBC)
  • –Weekly updates with Municipal Affairs & Housing Minister Robinson and other government services. This week Minister of Public Safety & Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth attended the call.
  • –Weekly meeting with local emergency services to ensure each is prepared and equipped: Northern Rockies Fire Rescue, BC Ambulance Service & RCMP

On March 26, the Province of British Columbia announced new steps to support the ongoing response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). One measure will enable municipal bylaw officers to provide additional assistance as may be required to support the enforcement of the provincial health officer’s orders for business closures and gatherings, in line with offences under the Public Health Act. NRRM Bylaw Enforcement staff is compiling a list of businesses that are essential services. Staff is being reallocated to be able to provide a central hub for referral to community and other resources, once they have determined which agencies are still operating through the pandemic. More information on this will be shared soon. 


A focus this week as been on outreach across the community to build awareness, educate and encourage social distancing and Public Works Canada has included COVID-19 messaging on the traffic signs located north and south of Fort Nelson to promote the message.


Read the complete 27 March COVID-19 Update

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