COVID-19: Recent Updates

Mayor Bill Beamish reports on the (limited) re-opening of Town Hall. Read COVID-19 Message #8 here.

Playhouse Streams Local Musicians. The Heritage Playhouse is streaming concerts, and the next show coming up features the Deanna Knight Tree-O at 7:15 pm on Saturday, May 23rd. You can watch online via Facebook Live, or on TV at Eastlink Community TV (channel 10).

The Province of BC wants to hear from you. Your story, our future is a population health survey to understand citizen experiences, knowledge and actions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This survey is the first of several activities that will strengthen the provincial government’s pandemic response and its understanding of the impacts of COVID-19 to date (social, economic, mental wellness and community wellness). Take the survey here.

Read Bulletin #16 from the Sunshine Coast Emergency Operations Centre here.

Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization (SCREDO) and Community Futures Sunshine Coast have launched a Business Recovery Centre at www.scbrc.ca. The recovery centre is intended to be a one-stop online resource for local business owners adapting to new realities in our local markets since the onset of the global pandemic. Some of the resources and supports available include: local bridge financing, revising business plans, interpreting new operating guidelines, reducing commercial rent, exploring alternate sales channels, and succession planning. In addition to the website, staff can be reached by phone at 604-747-4696 or email at help@scbrc.ca.

Washroom locations – follow the links to find maps of public washroom locations operated by the Town of GibsonsDistrict of Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast Regional District.

Gibsons Recycling Depot is asking residents to please pre-sort their recyclables before arriving at the depot, as line-ups are becoming extremely lengthy. They also request no more than 2 people per household attend the depot at one time.

FireSmart – being at home right now is a good time for everyone to plan ahead for the unexpected. British Columbians could spend this time FireSmarting their properties.

The Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts has been cancelled to due COVID-19. There may be a small “pop-up” event instead, if circumstances allow. Read the related story by the Coast Reporter here.

Sea Cavalcade has been officially cancelled for 2020. An alternate community celebration may be planned when social distancing restrictions have been lifted.

The Respiratory Assessment Clinic is now able to assess and test anyone on the Sunshine Coast who develops possible COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, difficulty breathing, a new runny nose, a sore throat, muscle aches, chills, headaches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. If you do develop any of the listed symptoms, please call your family doctor or contact the Respiratory Assessment Clinic by phone at 604-740-1252 or by email at coastrespclinic@gmail.com.

Mayor Beamish Encourages Residents and addresses issue of visitors arriving on the Sunshine Coast in this video. To read a transcript of his message, please go here.

Leaders from all 4 local governments have written an open letter to Sunshine Coast residents, regarding the recent influx of visitors. You can read the letter here.

Mayor Bill Beamish asks non-residents to stay home on this interview with BC-CTV News.

The Sunshine Coast Division of Family Practice has produced a Public Service Announcement on COVID-19, starring many familiar faces from around the Sunshine Coast. You can view it here.

BC Ferries will screen all ferry passengers for COVID-19 symptoms and restrict travel for any customer that does not meet the screening requirements. Sailings between Horseshoe Bay and Langdale have been reduced from 8 sailings per day to 6 sailings per day. View a current schedule here.

Gibsons Landing Sunday Market has been cancelled until further notice, due to COVID-19.

BC Provincial Parks are now closed to the public. You can read the related news release here.

Town of Gibsons – to ensure the public can continue to participate in all Council and committee meetings, these sessions will be held online beginning Tuesday, April 7, 2020. To access all the details, including the links required to join each meeting, please visit our dedicated webpage. For more information about upcoming and past Town of Gibsons meetings, including agenda packages and minutes, please visit our civic website.

BC Transit – Effective Mon, April 6, transit schedules will be adjusted in response to COVID-19. Saturday level service on all routes will be in effect Monday through Sunday. Please enter through the rear doors, and remember to practice physical distancing on the bus. Fares are no longer being collected. For more info, visit bctransit.com/Sunshine-Coast

BC Hydro COVID-19 Relief Fund  – under this program, residential customers will be able to apply to receive a bill credit of three times their average monthly bill amount while commercial customers will be able to apply to have their electricity use charges waived for three months. More information on the COVID-19 Relief Fund and the application form will be available next week on bchydro.com/covid19relief.  Customers will have until June 30 to apply.  

BC Hydro Customer Assistance Program allows residential and business customers the option of deferring bill payments or arranging for flexible payment plans with no penalty. Customers are encouraged to call BC Hydro’s customer service team at 1 800 BCHYDRO (1 800 224 9376) to discuss bill payment options. Learn more here: COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program 

Effective April 1, electricity rates decreased by 1 percent following BC Hydro’s update to its Revenue Rate Application that was approved by the BC Utilities Commission. In addition, some residential customers facing temporary hardship due to job loss, illness, or loss of a family member may also be eligible for BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund which provides a grant of up to $600 to help with their electricity bill.

Gibsons Business Watch has been launched to support small business during COVID-19, by placing more eyes and ears in commercial areas that might be unusually quiet and therefore prone to property crime or mischief. To learn more, including how to volunteer with the new program, please click here.

03-31-2020: News Release – Sunshine Coast says stay home, for now

Coast Reporter: For COVID-related news updates specific to the Sunshine Coast, please visit the Coast Reporter’s dedicated webpage.

Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD): The SCRD has activated the regional Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) which effectively centralizes the Coast-wide response. For the latest updates from the EOC, please visit https://www.scrd.ca/covid-19-updates.