The Quesnel City Hall has updated its list of services affected by COVID-19. (Photo courtesy of City of Quesnel)

UPDATE: City of Quesnel activates Level 1 Emergency Operations Centre in response to COVID-19

The move allows the City to access support from Emergency Management B.C., collaborate with others

Update Tuesday, March 24:

The City of Quesnel has activated its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Level 1 to co-ordinate a local response to COVID-19.

The City says Level 1 activation allows the City to access support from Emergency Management B.C. and to collaborate with other organizations, such as Northern Health and School District 28.

Original story, Monday, March 23:

The City of Quesnel is taking measures to respond to COVID-19, such as closing public facilities, and as of March 23, the City has closed all parks and playgrounds, including the tennis and pickleball courts, the skate park in West Quesnel and the Sugarloaf dog park, in light of the need for social distancing.

As well, signage will now be in place on the Riverfront Trail system to remind users to practise social distancing by keeping two metres from others.

As of Monday, March 23, here is a list of City of Quesnel services and facilities that have made a change to stop the spread of COVID-19.

City Facilities:

Parks and Playgrounds – All playgrounds, as well as the tennis and pickleball courts, dog park and skate park are closed.

Fire Hall – The Fire Hall is closed to the public. Inquiries are to be made by phone only at 250-992-5121.

City Hall – As of March 20 at 4:30 p.m., City Hall is closed to the public; however, City staff will continue to work and be available by phone or appointment only. The City asks that the public utilize online payment options through individual banks or drop off payment in the mailbox at City Hall. City Hall and Bylaw can be reached at 250-992-2111, while Public Works can be reached at 250-992-6330.

According to the City of Quesnel’s latest update on March 23, the following services have been modified:

Cemetery bookings – By appointment only, please phone City Hall at 250-992-2111.

Bulk water – All accounts will be enabled to be used without prepayment. Large accounts will be invoiced monthly; smaller accounts will be required to pay their account balance when City Hall reopens.

Building Department– Building inspections or inquiries can be made by email at buildinginspection@quesnel.ca or by phone at 250-991-7461.

Planning Department – Planning inquiries (signs, development permits, variances, subdivisions, etc.) can be made by email at developmentservices@quesnel.ca or by phone at 250-991-7459.

Bylaw Services – Complaints can be made through the City website at quesnel.ca/bylaw-enforcement, by email at bylaw@quesnel.ca or by phone at 250-992-2111.

Bylaw Office – As of March 20 at 4:30 p.m., the Bylaw Office is closed to the public; however, Bylaw Officers remain on duty and will be following the provincial guidelines with sanitizing and social distancing. Complaints can be made by contacting the office online at quesnel.ca/bylaw-enforcement, by email at bylaw@quesnel.ca or by phone at 250-992-2111.

Trails – City trail systems remain open, but users must practice social distancing of at least two metres from others.

Public Works Office – As of March 20 at 4:30 p.m., the office is closed to the public. Inquires can be made by phoning 250-992-6330.

Re-Use Centre – Closed

Landfill – Normal operations

Recycling Centre – Normal operations

Public Washrooms – Normal operations

Museum – Closed

West Fraser Centre – Closed

Arena 2 – Closed

Indoor Soccer Facility – Closed

Arts and Recreation Centre – Closed. The Arts and Recreation Centre will be calling individuals who were registered for cancelled programs with more information.

Airport – Normal operations

For more information about the City of Quesnel’s response to COVID-19, as well as links to health information, visit quesnel.ca/our-community/news-notices/covid-19-coronavirus-information.

READ MORE: B.C. reports 3 new COVID-19 deaths but 100 people have recovered, Henry says



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