COVID-19 Updates

Recent Updates:

04-08-2020 –BC Ferries will screen all ferry passengers for COVID-19 symptoms and restrict travel for any customer that does not meet the screening requirements.

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.

04-06-2020: 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.

04-03-2020: BC Ferries – sailings between Horseshoe Bay and Langdale have been reduced from 8 sailings per day to 6 sailings per day beginning Saturday, April 4th. View a current schedule here. To view a video message from Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ CEO, please click here.

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.

04-02-2020: 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.

04-01-2020: Sunshine Coast Community Services has set up a COVID-19 Emergency Food and Essentials service for families and individuals who cannot afford food or essential items and are not able to access the Food Bank. To access this service, please call their new hotline at 604.865.0832, Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. More information can also be found at sccss.ca.

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

Prevention
  • Health officials widely agree the most important thing you can do to prevent coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • When out in public, practice physical distancing – stay at least 2 metres away from other people.
  • As more evidence begins to show that asymptomatic people may be able to spread the disease, we must all act as if we have it.
Who To Call

To speak to someone by phone about COVID-19, please call your physician, or 8-1-1.

A Respiratory Assessment Clinic (for those with moderate respiratory symptoms) is now running seven days a week from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. This clinic is staffed by local physicians and operates on an appointment-only basis. To book an appointment at the Respiratory Assessment Clinic please call 604-740-1252 any time after 8:30 AM. Walk-in patients are not permitted.

Anyone looking for non-medical information about COVID-19, can call or text the provincial government through a newly created hotline at 1-888-268-4319 (1-888-COVID19) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

Updates from the Sunshine Coast Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)

For the latest information on how COVID-19 is affecting services on the Sunshine Coast, please click on the bulletins below:

EOC Bulletin 12: April 8, 2020

EOC Bulletin 11: April 6, 2020

EOC Bulletin 10: April 3, 2020

To access earlier EOC bulletins, please go here: https://www.scrd.ca/covid-19-updates

Messages from Town of Gibsons Mayor and Council

04-07-2020 COVID-19 Update #4 from Mayor and Council

03-30-2020: COVID-19 Update #3 from Mayor and Council

03-25-2020: COVID-19 Update #2 from Mayor and Council

03-20-2020: COVID-19 Update #1 from Mayor and Council

Town of Gibsons: Current Status

Town Hall is now closed to the public. Instead, staff from the administrative, finance, planning, and infrastructure services teams will continue to provide regular Town Hall services by phone or email, as much as possible. Citizens are asked to please call 604.886.2274 or email info@gibsons.ca for more information on how to conduct Town-related business at this time.

For all departments, the Town is implementing steps to limit contact between employees. These include allowing some employees to work from home, staggering some shifts and separating physical workspaces. As a result, the public is being asked to be patient if there is a delayed response to their enquiries.

Town of Gibsons: Service Updates
Infrastructure/Parks Services
  • Municipal water and sewer services will continue as usual.
  • Garbage and organic pick up will continue as usual on regularly scheduled days. Please be sure to place the curbside caddy (and not the smaller kitchen caddy) outside between 7am and 8am. Reminder: the caddy is locked when the handle is pulled down in front of the bin. This helps keep wildlife out. Click here, or download the Gibsons’ Waste Management App (available at iTunes or Google Play) to see your schedule.
  • To arrange to purchase extra garbage collection tags or organic bins, please call 604.886.2274.
  • The Green Yard Waste Depot may be closed for periods of time due to staffing limitations. We will endeavor to keep this service open as much as possible but the COVID-19 pandemic will be affecting non-essential services. Thank you for your patience.
  • Public water fountains and the water dispenser beside the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives have been shut off until further notice.
  • All playgrounds/play structures are now closed. Parks will remain open for now, provided people practice social distancing.
  • The following public washrooms are open: Armours Beach (8am to 10pm), Winegarden Park (8am to 4pm) and Dougall Park (8am to 4pm). They are being cleaned every 4 hours to conform with guidelines provided by Vancouver Coastal Health and all three washrooms have sinks with soap for hand washing. Toilet paper, soap and hand towels are replenished regularly.
Planning and Development

We are continuing to provide planning and development services by email as much as possible. For information on how to contact each department, please see below.

  • On-site building inspections have been cancelled until at least March 31st. Building Officials will continue to perform virtual inspections where possible.
  • Our Bylaw Enforcement Officer is continuing to respond to calls.
  • Development applications, building permits and business license applications should be submitted digitally or by mail with payment made by check.
  • Completed permits and licenses will be returned to applicants digitally or by mail.
ICBC Services

For all the latest information on how to access ICBC services, including how to renew your vehicle insurance and extend your driver’s license, please go here.

Town of Gibsons Public Spaces

The Gibson Recycling Depot is still open as usual, but the book re-use service has been suspended and vehicles are limited to 6 at a time, to allow for social distancing. For further updates, please visit the GRD website.

The Gibsons RCMP Detachment is closed. Please direct non-emergency enquiries to the Sechelt RCMP office at 604.885.2266.

The Gibsons Public Market is currently operating under these conditions.

The Gibsons Aquatic Centre is currently closed.

The Gibsons and Area Community Centre (GACC) is currently closed.

Brothers Field (located beside the GACC) is closed. Crews will be performing annual maintenance routines at this time.

The Gibsons and District Public Library (GDPL) is closed. For updates, please visit the GDPL website.

The Gibsons Public Art Gallery (GPAG) is closed. For updates, please visit the GPAG website.

The Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre is closed. For updates, please visit the Nicholas Sonntag MEC website.

The Gibsons Visitor Information Centre is closed.

Event Updates

All unessential meetings have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.

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.

Additional Resources

We consider the following websites to be trusted sources of information for any questions you may have about COVID-19:

Sunshine Coast Physicians Task Force: for updates on what’s happening locally in our health care centres, please visit the Physician Task Force website.

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.

Vancouver Coastal Health: For other localized information about COVID-19, please visit Vancouver Coastal Health’s website.

BC Centre of Disease Control: For information about how COVID-19 is affecting the province, please visit the BC Centre of Disease Control’s website.

Health Canada: For information on the Government of Canada’s response to COVID-19, please visit Health Canada’s website.

Nicholas Simons, MLAthis webpage provides an excellent summary of current public health orders and official government announcements, boiled down into one list to help you navigate the large amount of information out there.

Press Releases
2020-04-02: Town of Gibsons Launches Business Watch
2020-03-17: Town of Gibsons Implements Further Measures to Help Combat COVID-19
2020-03-13: Town of Gibsons Taking Steps to Help Prevent Spread of Coronavirus