Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Media Release - COVID-19 - March 13th Update

 

March 13, 2020                                                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Release

Council Statement: Additional NRRM Precautions for COVID-19

FORT NELSON – At a Special Meeting held March 13th, 2020, Regional Council resolved to take a number of precautionary steps to help limit the potential spread of COVID-19, above and beyond the recommendations from the Provincial and Federal Governments.

Starting March 14th, the NRRM will not permit any gatherings of greater than 125 people (half of what is recommended by the BC health officials) in any NRRM facility.   This decision was made based on the NRRM’s remote location, distance from other services and the capacity of local health system.   Regional Council took into account the recommendations of the World Health Organization’s Mass Gatherings Guidance which suggests that the above factors are important risk considerations.  While this prohibition only applies to municipal properties, Regional Council encourages everyone to consider avoiding gatherings larger than 125 people.

Out of an abundance of caution, Regional Council has also resolved to close some areas of the Recreation Centre that could pose higher health risks.  Starting on March 14th, the Rotary Playspace, the aquatic sauna and the aquatic steam room will be closed until further notice.  Regional Council is also reviewing limiting access to the climbing wall facility, with a decision expected early next week.  These closures will allow additional cleaning/sanitizing time to be devoted the rest of the facility.

Regional Council continues to follow the directions provided by the provincial and federal health officials.   The BC Ministry of Health and the BC Provincial Health Officer are recommending against all non-essential travel outside of Canada including the United States.  Regional Council encourages everyone to stay up to date on the latest guidance from health officials via the links provided below.  As recommended, please take care if you have a cough, fever or other respiratory symptoms, and consider avoiding social gatherings. Residents are encouraged to follow the same procedures as are recommended during cold and flu season. This includes washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; avoiding others who are unwell; and staying home when you are sick.

The most up-to-date information about novel coronavirus can be found through informed, evidence-based sources. The Public Health Agency of Canada has created a toll-free phone number (1-833-784-4397) to answer questions about novel coronavirus as well. 

Questions about your health? Where can I get more information?

Please refer to official sources regarding the coronavirus, as misinformation has been circulating on social media:

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.

Public Health Agency of Canada has set up a novel coronavirus telephone information line at: 1-833-784-4397.

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