Friday, March 20, 2020

City of Prince Rupert shifts Operations to Essential Service status; BC Transit to offer Free Bus Service

As of today, the City of Prince Rupert has shifted its operations to essential service measures, discontinuing a number of services for a temporary period of time.

In their advisory of Thursday afternoon, the City noted that while there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Prince Rupert, they are making the shift to maintain the health and safety of the community.

Services that will continue, will include Fire and Police service though with appropriate health protocols now in place.

The Ridley Island Landfill site will be closed to all except commercial haulers with commercial users to call ahead to arrange drop off of commercial bins, they can be reached at 250-624-5482.

With the closure of the landfill site to residential users, the city will increase household garbage pick up from 2 to 3 bags per week.

Emergency water and sewer repairs will continue, as will cemetery services.

Services that will be discontinued until further notice include:

Building inspections, Non essential by-law functions and Non-essential operations.

Appointments to speak with City Staff can still be made, by calling the City's customer support line at 250-627-0960.

As well, many civic services can be accessed online through the City website at

You can review the list of those resources and contact information from the City's statement here.

The City also announced that BC Transit will be offering free transportation within the city until April 17th.

BC Transit has also introduced rear door boarding for it service on the North Coast, passengers can still use the front door should they require use of the ramp or accessible features of the bus.

Learn more about the service and protocols in place for Transit from this statement.

Further notes on local advisories can be explored here.

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