The CSRD takes COVID-19 very seriously and continues to follow the recommendations from BC provincial public health officers, and guidance from the BC Centre for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and other partner agencies to monitor the COVID-19 situation and respond appropriately.
The CSRD office is open to the public from 9 to 4 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays. The public is strongly encouraged to contact staff through telephone or email or to make an appointment if an in-person visit to the office is necessary. This will assist in maintaining the required physical distancing and reduce exposure to the virus. Wherever feasible, CSRD staff continue to work remotely to reduce the number of people in the administrative office.
Here are some ways we are adjusting our services during the COVID-19 Pandemic:
- Visitors and staff are expected to abide by physical distancing protocols,
- Increased daily cleaning and sanitization of common contact surfaces,
- Physical distancing is required, and the use of masks while in our buildings is encouraged,
- Plexiglas barriers have been installed to reduce potential transmission at service counters.
- Masks are being worn in all common areas of CSRD-owned facilities. Mask use by the public has also been mandated.
The CSRD’s Board of Director meetings are being held at the CSRD Boardroom. Due to COVID-19, many CSRD Board Directors and staff are already participating in the meeting electronically to help ensure the appropriate physical distancing and reduce any potential spread of the virus.
Please be advised that due to enhanced Public Health Orders issued in December 2020, public attendance at all CSRD meetings is restricted and members of the public may not attend in person. Electronic access to these meetings will continue to be provided.
Beginning with the August 20, 2020 Regular Board meeting, citizens have been able to tune in to the meeting using the Zoom platform. Viewers will see and hear the meeting taking place in the Boardroom, but will not be able to speak or participate, unless permitted by the moderator. For more information click here. Regular Board meetings are also being recorded and can be accessed for approximately 30 days up until the next regular meeting. To view the recordings, go to the Events tab of the website and find the link to the meeting you want to watch on the calendar page.
In the workplace
As with all employers in BC, the CSRD must have workplace safety plans, which have been approved by the Board of Directors.
The CSRD has developed a Return to Work COVID-19 Policy A-80 and a Return to Work COVID-19 Recovery Guide. This guide is subject to change at the direction of CSRD senior management depending on the evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic.
To assist with contact tracing, all visitors to the CSRD building or those in attendance at CSRD public meetings must fill out forms. These are available below:
At parks and CSRD-owned facilities
The CSRD owns and operates a variety of indoor and outdoor recreation and public facilities. The CSRD is committed to adapting its community services protocols and processes to align with BC’s Restart Plan and the Provincial Health Officer guidelines and directives.
The CSRD Board responds to the direction from our public health officials regarding closures or restrictions on recreation facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CSRD will be operating our recreation and community facilities with the health and safety of staff and the community being the priority. Please be advised that facility closures may occur on short notice, given changing conditions of virus spread. The BCRPA Guideline for Restarting Recreation provides the CSRD with a framework to apply to the provision of recreation services during the pandemic.
As part of the permit or rental agreement process, user groups are required to submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan. User groups are also required to review the owner and operator COVID-19 Safety Plans for the relevant facility.
Please see the table below to access the plans:
|CSRD Outdoor Spaces COVID-19 Owner Safety Plan||Link|
|CSRD Indoor Facilities COVID-19 Owner Safety Plan||Link|
|Scotch Creek Community Hall - COVID-19 Operator Safety Plan||Link|
|Swansea Point Community Hall - COVID-19 Operator Safety Plan||Link|
At public hearings for development applications
COVID-19 has resulted in some changes around how public hearings are held. This includes a new method of electronic participation. Find out more here.
In the Electoral Areas
At the April 15, 2021 Board Meeting, Directors approved the allocation of $100,000 of its COVID-19 Safe Restart Grant funding to go towards non-profit and charity groups in the CSRD's Electoral Areas to support their continued community services. Many of these groups are dealing with shortfalls and unforeseen expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this initiative, the Board approved Policy F-37 COVID-19 Safe Restart Grants-in-Aid which will guide the application process and the allocation of funds.
Qualifying organizations can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to assist with these financial difficulties. For more information or to download an application form, click here.