COVID-19 Pandemic – District Updates & Information

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These are unprecedented times. The District would like to assure residents that addressing the COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority for Council and staff. District leadership and Emergency Operations Centre staff are monitoring updates and taking measures to mitigate the spread of the virus in the community of Sooke and beyond. How we react and support one another through this time will directly relate to our community resiliency.

Consider your neighbours, help one another with shopping – check in via phone/texts to allow for social distancing. Residents are encouraged to follow the advice of health authorities and make informed decisions. Business continuity is top of mind and the District thanks all of the local businesses and employees who are going above and beyond to serve residents and keep shelves stocked. New information is unfolding each day.

With social distancing measures in place, the District of Sooke Municipal Hall is open. Residents wishing to meet with staff are encouraged to first phone (250.642.1634) the District and book an appointment. This will help reduce exposure to other residents in the reception area, reduce wait times and ensure staff availability and readiness.

Visit this page regularly to stay informed. Please also visit the Government of British Columbia COVID-19 Response page and the Government of Canada COVID-19 response page.

MAYOR TAIT’S PUBLIC ADDRESSES:


DISTRICT RESPONSE:

  • On May 25, 2020, the District announced that the Municipal Hall will re-open to the public on June 1, 2020, with social distancing measures in place. For all services, other than tax payments, residents are encouraged to first phone (250.642.1634) the District and book an appointment. This will help reduce exposure to other residents in the reception area, reduce wait times and ensure staff availability and readiness.
  • The District activated an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) on March 13th to monitor directives from Provincial and Federal Ministries, and streamline communications; on March 19th the EOC was ramped up to a Level 2 response to support advance planning.
  • District Bylaw Officers step up to aid in education and warnings to residents regarding business and parks closures, social distancing and public gatherings.
  • A dedicated web page for small businesses and essential resources launched on District of Sooke website. #ChooseSooke and support local business.
  • Open Air burning prohibited (effective March 26) until further notice – this includes ALL backyard burning and Class A burns (land clearing). Small campfires still permitted (clean, split wood only in a contained ring, maximum 2 feet in diameter). A reminder that dumping yard waste in public parks or spaces is prohibited – residents are asked to compost yard debris at this time.
  • The Fire Department has developed response protocols for first responders to limit exposure and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • Car seat installation service at Sooke Fire Rescue on hold: The Fire Department has put the car seat installation program on hold until further notice as the service cannot be offered while adhering to the advice of public health officers.
  • Building inspections are being conducted virtually, where possible (photos and video may be accepted), and onsite when buildings are not occupied at the discretion of the Building Official. Contact building@sooke.ca to inquire about options.
  • Discussions on support to business are currently taking place at the local, provincial and federal government levels.
  • Return to Work During Covid-19 Policy
  • Frequently Asked Question – NEW Temporary Homeless Shelter (associated News Release available here)
  • Sooke Fire Rescue launches drive-by birthday program for residents under 12 or over 75 who need help celebrating a birthday during these times of social distancing. Celebrate with lights and sirens! Until May 31, 2020, Sooke Fire Rescue Department is accepting requests to drive past local homes and recognize that special day. Submit a request and you will be contacted by Sooke Fire Rescue Department to coordinate the details.

ORDERS, NOTICES & GUIDANCE FROM THE PROVICIAL HEALTH OFFICE:

In a Provincial State of Emergency, the Provincial Health Officer can make orders as needed. All must follow the orders. For a complete listing of orders in please see here and note orders in place include:

  • 2020_M082 – Bylaw Officer
  • 2020_M083 – Local Government meetings
  • 2020_M084 –  Local Authorities and Essential Goods and Supplies

NEWS RELEASES & PRESS


COMMUNITY UPDATES: 
Please refer to organizations/agencies for latest information.

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