Monday, November 30, 2020

Public asked to avoid City Hall if possible and use online options; that as City of Prince Rupert ramps up COVID measures

The City of Prince Rupert has added to its ongoing advice when it comes to its response to COVID-19, posting a message on the Civic Facebook page on Friday that has asked the public to avoid arriving at City Hall if at all possible and to use the online options that are available.

In light of the continued spread of COVID-19 and Provincial Orders in place, now more than ever we are asking residents and customers to consider their online or call-in options for payments. There are a number of simple ways to avoid coming to City Hall.

The new measures and requests from City Hall come following the expansion of a number of Provincial Orders earlier this month, as the province looks to try and knock down the current rising curve of COVID-19 infection in the province.

A quest that so far is proving daunting, with increases in all areas of the province including areas of the Northern Health Authority region.

The last update from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control was revealed mid November,  noting that as of the end of October indicated that the Prince Rupert area had seen just five confirmed cases of COVID since January.

If they follow with their past practice, the next update from the BC CDC is expected to be released sometime in early to mid December.

The Full statement related to the latest steps for City Hall measures is as follows.

The request for a lot more social distance comes just ahead of what is normally a two-week Civic shutdown, with the City reducing all of their activity and access to staff for the community over the Christmas and New Years Holiday period.

While they haven't outlined what those dates are yet, last year the City closed its doors on December 23rd and re-opened on January 2.

You can find updates from the City through the website and Facebook page.

For more notes on civic themes see our City Council Discussion archive page here.

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