News Release – North Coast Regional District State of Local Emergency Declaration

March 23, 2020

The North Coast Regional District (NCRD), in coordination with its municipal and Haida partners, are acting to reduce the potential impact of COVID-19 in our communities. On Monday, March 23rd, the Chair and Board declared a local State of Emergency in the NCRD. Under B.C.’s Emergency Program Act, when a State of Emergency is declared, it fully activates the NCRD’s Emergency Operations Centre and gives these key personnel greater flexibility to access resources and respond efficiently to emergent circumstances.

In accordance with the Emergency Program Act, travel to and from communities within the North Coast Regional District will be controlled and limited to essential services only. The NCRD is also strongly urging residents to do their part to limit the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We continue to work with public health officials and multiple partners on the COVID-19 response. "This declaration will give us powers to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our focus right now is working together with communities in a coordinated effort to ensure the safety of all of our residents." said NCRD Chair Barry Pages. “Declaring a local state of emergency allows us to take additional measures to ensure we have the resources needed to maintain essential services and meet the demands of other agencies, including the health authorities and emergency responders.

The NCRD’s services have been reduced to essential service levels to reduce overall exposure opportunities for staff and the public. Crews are working to continue service provision and all necessary precautions are being taken to limit social contact in our workplaces and with the public. Listed below are current impacts to services.

The NCRD administration office, recreation facilities and programs, and public access to landfill and recycling services are closed until further notice. Until further notice, the NCRD’s operations is moving to essential service provision.

The following services will continue:

  • Emergency services – including fire and policing;
  • Residential garbage pick-up;
  • Mainland recycling drop-off (by appointment only); and
  • Emergency water repairs.
  • Non-essential operations will not be available until further notice.

If necessary, further local orders may be established to protect public health under the guidance of emergency personnel and health care professionals. These orders are issued on a temporary basis. In 7 days there will be a mandatory review process to determine whether they must continue.

We appreciate there is a lot of information circulating at this time, and not all of it is coming from verified sources. All updates from the North Coast Regional District will be included on the website.

Resources:

Northern Health Info Line: 1-844-645-7811  www.northernhealth.ca

BC Centre for Disease Control: covid-19.bccdc.ca

Canada Residents and Business Access Supports: canada.gc.ca

For more information contact Daniel Fish, Chief Administrative Officer for the North Coast Regional District at 250.624.2002, extension 8 or email cao@ncrd.bc.ca.