City of Enderby shuts down non-essential services in response to COVID-19

Recreation, museum and Visitor Centre facilities closed as of March 18

The City of Enderby has announced a number of closures, including to all recreation services, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enderby has activated Level 1 of its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to address the rapidly evolving public health emergency.

Level 1 of the EOC is reserved for “agency liaison, internal co-ordination and advance planning for response and recovery,” the city said March 17.

All recreation facilities are closed until further notice, and all recreation programming has been cancelled. The city says it will review these closures week to week. Deposits and program fees will be refunded or credited.

Other closures effective March 18 include the Visitor Centre and the Enderby Museum and Archives.

Essential services such as water, sewer, drainage and roads will carry on as usual. The same goes for the emergency response crews such has fire and road rescue.

Public works and the city’s fire department have contingency plans in place to provide for continued emergency services, the city says.

Any interactions with City Hall are asked to be made by phone (250-838-7230), email (info@cityofenderby.com) or fax (250-838-6007) unless it is necessary to enter the building.

“The city encourages residents and visitors to act responsibly and think about their friends, family, and neighbours,” staff said in a statement. “We are all in this together, and we will beat this by acting together and supporting one another.”

Spallumcheen’s Mayor Christine Fraser said only mandatory services are open and the public are asked only to attend the municipal building for those services, all bill payments be provided through our mail slot.

“It is important that at this time, we do everything in our power to support our seniors and those at risk of contracting the virus,” the Township of Spallumcheen mayor said in a statement on March 16.

All Greater Vernon Area residents are encouraged to monitor updates from the Public Health Officer and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, which has endorsed a COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool.

Regular public health updates will be posted to the city’s emergency dashboard at cityofenderby.com.

The City of Vernon activated similar changes to their operations March 17, also closing all recreation services and activating Level 2 of its EOC.

the Regional District North Okanagan (RDNO) is resuming normal operations, keeping its offices open with regular hours. All services such as water, disposal facilities and fire protection are operating as usual.

RDNO staff are using social distancing and using extra hand sanitizer as added precautions. Anyone feeling ill is asked to refrain from making in-person visits and to instead connect by phone (250-550-3700), mail (info@rdno.ca) or online at www.rdno.ca.

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Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
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