Tuesday, March 24, 2020
City of Prince Rupert issues first two orders under Local State of Emergency
The City of Prince Rupert has issued the first of the Orders they have been considering under the new measures allowed through the Local State of Emergency, they include:
Order # 1: Pursuant to Section 12 (1) of the BC Emergency Program Act an ORDER THAT: ALL FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC TRAVELERS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES WORKERS, MUST SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14-DAYS
Order # 1A: (Replaces Order #1) Pursuant to Section 12 (1) of the BC Emergency Program Act an ORDER THAT: ALL FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC TRAVELERS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ESSENTIAL AND NECESSARY SERVICES WORKERS, MUST SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14-DAYS. ALL EXCEPTIONS OF ESSENTIAL AND NECESSARY WORKERS COMING FROM OUTSIDE OF PRINCE RUPERT MUST TRAVEL ONLY TO AND FROM WORK OTHERWISE MUST SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14-DAYS.
*Please note that when they are not going to and from work, quarantine principles will be applied to essential service workers, who must self isolate outside of their respective workplaces. To achieve effective quarantine please have enough food provisions and fuel to be able to be self contained in your living quarters until your return to your home in the neighbouring community.
Order # 2: Pursuant to Section 12 (1) of the BC Emergency Program Act an ORDER THAT: ALL GROCERIES STORES IN PRINCE RUPERT: WILL LIMIT TO 50 PEOPLE AT ONE TIME. PEOPLE WILL BE GREETED AT THE ENTRANCES AND WILL BE PROVIDED WITH HAND SANITIZER. ENTRY AND EXIT WILL BE LIMITED TO ONE ENTRANCE. ALL PATRONS AT THE CHECKOUT LINES WILL MAINTAIN TWO METERS (6 FEET) BETWEEN EACH PERSON. ESTABLISHMENTS WILL CREATE MARKERS ON THE FLOOR WHERE CARTS/BUGGIES MAY BE PLACED IN ORDER TO ENSURE DISTANCE IS MET. RATIONS AND LIMITS ON CERTAIN ITEMS MAY BE IMPOSED ON THE RECOMMEDATIONS FROM LOCAL EMERGENCY PERSONNEL & HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. These orders have been issued by the City of Prince Rupert due to immediate danger to life safety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With respect to other businesses operating in Prince Rupert, the City will follow current and future Provincial and Federal orders with respect to other business operations.
The orders were posted to the City of Prince Rupert website
As well as to be relayed through a range of Social media streams including
Mayor Lee Brain's Facebook page
City of Prince Rupert Facebook Page
City of Prince Rupert Twitter feed
Not explained in any of the correspondences to residents, is how the City will enforce Order Number One and what measures they have in place to ensure compliance.
In addition to the information on the Civic Website, the Mayor had a few additional notes for his Facebook page.
The City will also be sending a notice containing information on emergency measures once there is additional clarity on all effective orders. Information on service levels, as well as resources for the community to access supports, directly to Prince Rupert households, distributed via local grocery stores, provided to local media, and posted to online channels like the City’s website and social media accounts.
City Council approved the Declaration of the State of Local Emergency at last night's Council Session.
More items of note on local announcements of the last week can be explored here, while Provincial updates can be reviewed here.
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