COVID-19 Resources & Recovery
Last updated February 5, 2021
Excerpt from Mayor Tait’s January 2021 Mayoral Statement:
“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.”
While Provincial Health Orders remain in place until February 5, 2021, 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.
Resources for local businesses
- Provincial Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant Available (posted February 5, 2021)
- Sooke Chamber of Commerce
- Business Recovery Grant Program
- Government of Canada: Managing your business during COVID-19
- WorkSafe BC
- Supports for Non-Profits
- Digital Marketing Bootcamp for Business
- Digital Economy: Rapid Response & Resiliency Program
- Hospitality Community – Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program
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
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.
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 >>
- East Sooke Regional Park Map
- Galloping Goose Regional Trail Map
- Mount Wells Regional Park Map
- Regional Parks & Trail System Map
- Sea to Sea Regional Park Map
- Sea to Sea Regional Park Map – Mount Manual Quimper Section
- Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park
- Sooke Potholes Regional Park
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
B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Strategy
December 9, 2020 – The provincial government released information about how the COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed in B.C. As part of B.C.’s COVID-19 immunization strategy, the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations begins the week of December 14, 2020 to health care workers in long-term care facilities.
Find information about vaccine safety, distribution plans, and the phased approach of vaccinations on the Province’s COVID-19 Vaccines page.
Province-wide restrictions are in effect (Put in place November 20, 2021, until February 5, 2021)
- No social gatherings of any size
- Masks are required in public all indoor settings and all retail stores.
- Masks must be worn at workplaces in all shared spaces
For more information on these recent health orders, please visit the Government of BC website.
Resource 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.
- Health Link BC
- Parents & Children: FAQs for Children and Students from BC Centre for Disease Control
- Teens: Anxiety & Youth
- Adults: Here to Help
Visit this page regularly to stay informed.
Please also visit:
Fire Department and EOC
250-642-5422 | email@example.com
Matt Barney, Deputy Chief & EOC Director
250-642-5422 ext. 638 | SEPDirector@sooke.ca