COVID-19 Resources & Recovery

WHAT YOU CAN DO  |  FINANCIAL SUPPORT  |  ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Last updated April 26, 2021


“Thank you for remaining diligent as the globe responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. With hope on the horizon and the dissemination of a vaccine in its early stages, the District reflects on what has happened, where we are now, and what lies ahead.

Our economy has been hard hit and while the tide may be turning on the pandemic, many residents and local businesses will feel the effects for some time. As a community, let’s continue to be patient, kind and compassionate. Together, hold onto the Sooke spirit that we feel deeply and are so proud of.” – Mayor Maja Tait

While Provincial Health Orders remain in place, the District remains open to serve you. Most business can be done online, through the District website, and by phone (250.642.1634). It is critical that, as a community, we work together to slow the spread. If attending municipal hall, please note that masks as mandatory as per provincial health orders.

Latest Information

Monday, April 26, 2021 – Restrictions on travel between regions of the province

New travel restrictions are now in effect to help slow the spread of COVID-19. There are three new Travel Regions and until May 25, non-essential travel is not allowed between these regions. Fines can be given to people who leave their region for non-essential travel. The three Travel Regions are:

  • Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley (Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health)
  • Northern/Interior (Northern Health and Interior Health)
  • Vancouver Island (Vancouver Island Health)

Everyone is being asked to stay local – do not travel unless it’s for essential reasons. Find more information, including details about the regions, enforcement, and reasons for essential travel, on the Province’s Travel and COVID-19 page.

Update from BC Ferries regarding Provincial Travel Restrictions Order

Starting immediately, in support of the provincial travel restrictions Order announced today by the Province, BC Ferries will deny travel to customers travelling for non-essential reasons on routes crossing regional zones as defined in the Order. Read more on BC Ferries’ website.


Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – Province-wide restrictions extended to May 25 at midnight; Avoid all non-essential travel


NEW! Thursday, April 8, 2021 – Relief funding coming for hard-hit businesses

The B.C. government will provide more than $50 million to help the 14,000 restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, gyms and fitness centres affected by the March 30, 2021, provincial health orders. READ MORE >>


Monday, March 29, 2021 Between March 29 at 11:59 pm and April 19 at 11:59 pm the PHO is strengthening province-wide restrictions:

  • The variance allowing indoor religious gatherings and worship services between March 28 and May 13 is suspended
  • Indoor low-intensity group exercise classes are cancelled
  • Restaurants, pubs and bars are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor patio seating and take-out or delivery is allowed
  • Whistler Blackcomb ski resort is closed

Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 3:45 pm – Provincial Health Officer amends Gathering & Events order:

The PHO has amended the gathering and events order. Up to 10 people may now gather outdoors. All restrictions for indoor gatherings remain in place. For example:

  • Up to 10 people may gather at a park or beach
  • Up to 10 people may gather in the backyard of a residence
  • No gatherings of any size are allowed indoors

Do not gather with several groups of new people – stick to the same people. Continue to use COVID-19 layers of protection and maintain physical distancing.


Visit the BC Government’s Province-Wide Restrictions page for more about the amended order and other ongoing restrictions.

How you can help
  • Be safe, help stop the spread: Please help your community by practicing social distancing, connecting with people virtually and keeping 2 metres (6 feet) between yourself and others when in public. Wash your hands often, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, and always stay home if you are sick.
  • Be a good neighbour: If you can do so safely, please check-in with your neighbours to see if they need assistance.
  • Help keep sewers clear: Please do not flush sanitizer wipes, paper towels or baby wipes down the toilet. These non-flushable items can block sewers and impact sewer station functions.

COVID-19 Vaccine

How to get vaccinated for COVID-19:

  1. Register
  2. Book an appointment
  3. Get the vaccine

Stay informed on Vaccine bookings and information through the Island Health COVID-19 Vaccine Information page.

BC's Restart Plan

BC’s Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.

Find out more on the BC Restart Plan website.

Take advantage of local parks & recreation facilities

Sooke Parks

Described as “where the rainforest meets the sea”, Sooke’s natural surroundings define its character. The Sooke Basin, Sooke Harbour and Sooke River are the defining geographic features, as are the Sooke Hills and surrounding mountainous areas, which provide recreation opportunities for residents and visitors. Use our PARKS MAP to explore the outdoors, right here – in your community.

CRD Parks

All CRD Regional Parks remain open. Visitors must adhere to the orders and recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer and maintain social distancing from others. Please be prepared for limited or no access to park amenities such as toilets and garbage cans. Read more >>

SEAPARC Leisure Complex

SEAPARC Leisure Complex located at 2168 Phillips Road is open, with modification in place under Provincial Health Orders. Reserve your space for swimming, skating, or the weight room. For complete offerings and availability, please refer to SEAPARC’s website: seaparc.ca

Resources for Seniors
  • Safe Seniors, Strong Communities is a program that matches seniors who need support with non-medical essentials to volunteers in their community who are willing to help.

Mental Health & COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic may make us feel confused, sad and anxious. Self-isolation may make us feel separate from some of the activities we used to do to help manage our feelings. It’s important to learn about resources and supports to help you take care of yourself and your family.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO  |  FINANCIAL SUPPORT  |  ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Contacts

District of Sooke
250-642-1634  info@sooke.ca
Staff Email Directory

Fire Department and EOC
250-642-5422 |  firedept@sooke.ca

Matt Barney, Deputy Chief & EOC Director
250-642-5422 ext. 638  |  SEPDirector@sooke.ca