The CSRD takes COVID-19 very seriously and continues to follow the recommendations from BC provincial public health officers, and guidance from the BC Centre for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and other partner agencies to monitor the COVID-19 situation and respond appropriately.
The CSRD office is open to the public from 9 to 4 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays. The public is strongly encouraged to contact staff through telephone or email or to make an appointment if an in-person visit to the office is necessary. This will assist in maintaining the required physical distancing and reduce exposure to the virus. Wherever feasible, CSRD staff continue to work remotely to reduce the number of people in the administrative office.
Here are some ways we are adjusting our services during the COVID-19 Pandemic:
- Visitors and staff are expected to abide by physical distancing protocols,
- Increased daily cleaning and sanitization of common contact surfaces,
- Physical distancing is required, and the use of masks while in our buildings is encouraged,
- Plexiglas barriers have been installed to reduce potential transmission at service counters.
The CSRD’s Board of Director meetings are being held at the CSRD Boardroom. Due to COVID-19, many CSRD Board Directors and staff are already participating in the meeting electronically to help ensure the appropriate physical distancing and reduce any potential spread of the virus.
The public is still welcome to attend the Board meetings in person, however, visitors must adhere to the CSRD's COVID-19 protocols. In order to maintain physical distancing in the CSRD Boardroom, a maximum of six members of the public can attend.
Beginning with the August 20, 2020 Regular Board meeting, citizens will also be able to tune in to the meeting using the Zoom platform. Viewers will see and hear the meeting taking place in the Boardroom, but will not be able to speak or participate, unless permitted by the moderator. For more information click here.
In the workplace
As with all employers in BC, the CSRD must have workplace safety plans, which have been approved by the Board of Directors.
The CSRD has developed a Return to Work COVID-19 Policy A-80 and a Return to Work COVID-19 Recovery Guide. This guide is subject to change at the direction of CSRD senior management depending on the evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic.
At parks and CSRD-owned facilities
The CSRD owns and operates a variety of indoor and outdoor recreation and public facilities. The CSRD is committed to adapting its community services protocols and processes to align with BC’s Restart Plan and the Provincial Health Officer guidelines and directives.
The CSRD Board responded to the direction from our public health officials to close recreation facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CSRD is now responding to the provincial phase 3 announcement and will be cautiously reopening our recreation and community facilities, with the health and safety of staff and the community being the priority. The BCRPA Guideline for Restarting Recreation provides the CSRD with a framework to apply to the provision of recreation services during the pandemic.
As part of the permit or rental agreement process, user groups are required to submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan. User groups are also required to review the owner and operator COVID-19 Safety Plans for the relevant facility.
Please see the table below to access the plans:
|CSRD Outdoor Spaces COVID-19 Owner Safety Plan||Link|
|CSRD Indoor Facilities COVID-19 Owner Safety Plan||Link|
|Scotch Creek Community Hall - COVID-19 Operator Safety Plan||Link|
|Swansea Point Community Hall - COVID-19 Operator Safety Plan||Link|
At public hearings for development applications
COVID-19 has resulted in some changes around how public hearings are held. This includes a new method of electronic participation. Find out more here.