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qathet Regional District shifts plans from COVID-19 workplace safety to communicable disease prevention

All qRD facilities now fully open to the public
MAKES ANNOUNCEMENT: qathet Regional District is moving from COVID-19 workplace safety plans in compliance with step three of the province’s restart plan.

In efforts to return to normal operations, qathet Regional District (qRD) is transitioning away from COVID-19 workplace safety plans and is now shifting to a communicable disease prevention plan.

A media release from the regional district states that the communicable disease prevention plan, developed by qRD occupational health and safety, adheres with step three of the Province of British Columbia’s restart plan as well as WorkSafeBC guidelines for communicable disease prevention, focusing on basic risk reduction principles to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.

The release states that qRD communicable disease prevention strategies will take effect immediately in all qRD offices, facilities, parks, cemeteries, beach accesses and campgrounds. qRD will follow all applicable orders, guidelines and recommendations of the provincial health officer, including those regarding use of masks.

All qRD facilities are now fully open and offices are now open to the public, according to the release. That includes group camping at qRD campgrounds. Those wishing to visit the qRD office are encouraged to call ahead and make an appointment when possible.

Regional board and standing committee meetings will be offered via a combination of in-person, telephone and virtual attendance going forward. If a member of the public is interested in attending a meeting virtually or by telephone, they should contact the regional district at 604.485.2260 or, according to the release.

Members of the public are asked not to visit any qRD facilities if they are sick. The release states it is important to acknowledge that every individual is moving forward at their own pace, according to their own comfort level, and urges people to continue to respect the personal space of others and have patience as this new phase is navigated.