News Release: COVID-19, Physical Distancing – Social Solidarity

March 23, 2020
[Sooke, BC]

New language is emerging in the fight against COVID-19.

With increasing urgency, citizens are being asked to remain 2 meters apart and the phrase “social distancing” is being phased out in favour of the more direct “physical distancing, social solidarity.”

The need to reduce close contact between members of the public has informed the District of Sooke’s increased enforcement of physical distancing. Should citizens publicly ignore the orders of the Provincial Health Officer, local RCMP Officers and District of Sooke Community Peace Officers may respond accordingly.

We must all be vigilant and do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 through our community. Please observe physical distancing and wash your hands often.

Updates for March 23, 2020

  1. Mayor Maja Tait provided a public address from Council Chambers today at 1:00 p.m. A video of her address can be found here:

Mayor Tait will continue to provide local updates each Monday at 1:00 p.m. These can be viewed live on the District of Sooke’s YouTube channel, or viewed afterwards using the link above. A transcription will also be posted in the District’s Newsfeed and the COVID-19 section of our webpage at:

  1. The Province of BC unveiled the COVID-19 BC Action Plan today. The Province is providing $5 billion in income supports, tax relief and funding for people, businesses and services in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This announcement is in addition to the federal government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, announced last week.

Information on the COVID-19 BC Action Plan, including a factsheet on how this announcement effects residents and businesses, can be found here:

* Infographic courtesy of BC Professional Fire Fighters

Media Contact:

Matt Barney, Emergency Program Coordinator & EOC Director
District of Sooke Fire Rescue
250-642-5422 ext. 638 |

District Contact and Social Media Channels:
Twitter: @SookeCa
Facebook: Emergency Program
District Phone: 250-642-1634
Fax: 250-642-0541
District Email:
Staff Email: Directory
Fire Dept. Phone: 250-642-5422
Fax: 250-642-3840

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