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The City is now accepting special event bookings with new procedures in place to ensure users take t - read more
The City will reopen facilities to organized recreational sports groups on June 26 with new procedur - read more
As our weather improves (we can hope) and with the easing of our isolation, we are able to get outsi - read more
June 12, 2020Re-Opening of FacilitiesThe Town continues to concentrate on the essential services our - read more
The City continues to focus on the essential services our residents rely upon while exercising cauti - read more
June 8, 2020Both the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach have resumed limited front counte - read more
June 5, 2020Gradual Re-Opening of ServicesFollowing the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, - read more
The City continues to focus on the essential services our residents rely upon and we will continue t - read more
The City of Parksville will reopen the playgrounds in Foster Park and Shelly Creek Park on Friday, J - read more
City Announces Reopening PlanThe City of Parksville has announced plans to restore amenities and ser - read more
June 1, 2020Local businesses are developing reopening plans and are excited to welcome back shoppers - read more
As we look forward to the summer and the gradual re-opening of the Province, we would like to take a - read more
Gradual Return of City ServicesThe City is focusing on the essential services our residents rely upo - read more
The City of Parksville takes COVID-19 (Coronavirus) seriously and follows the direction of the Provi - read more
Message From the MayorWith the "new normal" starting to take shape, Qualicum Beach is seeing more an - read more
May 22. 2020This week many businesses reopened to a new normal and at this time, our governments are - read more
May 21, 2020The City of Parksville is working to safely reopen facilities that were closed to avoid - read more
May 15, 2020BC's Restart PlanThe BC Restart Plan was recently announced, and outlines the gradual ea - read more
May 15, 2020Please stay safe this Victoria Day long weekend. Stay close to home; continue to keep yo - read more
May 14, 2020When Premier Horgan announced BC's Restart Plan last week, he emphasized, "this is not a - read more
May 7, 2020On May 6, Premier John Horgan's announced the BC Restart Plan, a strategy to slowly ease - read more
Staying Well in Uncertain TimesThis week, recognized by the Canadian Mental Health Association as Me - read more
Message from Council So, how are we coping with COVID-19? As with the weather, we watch daily t - read more
April 30, 2020Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with making a plan and b - read more
May 1, 2020Our sincere thanks to the dedicated health care workers, first responders, front-line wor - read more
We offer our heartfelt appreciation to the dedicated health care workers, first responders, front-li - read more
April 23, 2020Dr Bonnie Henry's words continue to provide comfort, "All of us need to do our part an - read more
Message from Parksville MayorIt is heartwarming to see our residents coming together to help stop th - read more
April 22, 2020Protection and enhancement of the water supply, a priority for the City of Parksville - read more
Message from the MayorAs we enter our fifth week in this COVID-19 pandemic I want to express my extr - read more
April 20, 2020It is heartwarming to see Parksville residents coming together to help stop the spread - read more
Lets keep the effort going to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The message is the same, - read more
The Parksville Volunteer Fire Department would love to help you celebrate a milestone memory such as - read more
April 15, 2020The City of Parksville continues to ask residents to comply with provincial health ord - read more
April 9, 2020We must continue to do our part while doing our best to support and care for those arou - read more
Council would like to wish you a safe and happy Easter! April 9, 2020We know that these are unu - read more
MESSAGE FROM PARKSVILLE COUNCILIt is unlikely we will return to normal any time soon as we may be in - read more
Message from the MayorAs the weather starts to warm up and the Easter weekend approaches, we automat - read more
On March 25, the Bylaw Enforcement COVID-19 Order came into effect through the office of the Ministe - read more
April 2, 2020On March 12, the City announced that Council meetings are no longer open to attendance - read more
April 2, 2020We all must be 100% committed to doing our part to flatten the COVID-19 curve and to do - read more
April 1, 2020As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold in our country, the Citys focus is on prev - read more
March 30, 2020The City of Parksville is working to share information and operational updates as we c - read more
March 27, 2020A Time to Stay PositiveDuring so much change, one message is ringing out. Stay calm, s - read more
March 27, 2020 The emergency programs for the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach wor - read more
March 25, 2020 This message is an update for Parksville residents about the COVID 19 pandemic. - read more
March 24, 2020At no greater times than these do we appreciate our front line workers! A huge call ou - read more
March 23, 2020As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, our community is feeling - read more
March 20, 2020As of today, March 20, 2020, we have confirmation that the number of cases of COVID-19 - read more
March 23, 2020Further to our release on March 20 that advised the closure of all playgrounds in the - read more
March 20, 2020Effective immediately and until further notice, all playgrounds in the City of Parksvi - read more
March 19, 2020We wish to assure our residents the City of Parksville continues to respond to the gui - read more
March 17, 2020 The Province of British Columbia and Vancouver Island Health affirm that the ris - read more
March 16,2020On behalf of the Town of Qualicum Beach Council, I want assure you that we understand a - read more
March 6, 2020Recent news stories indicate that the Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, is continuing - read more
March 17, 2020We recognize there is a tremendous amount of information about COVID-19, including com - read more
March 16, 2020Immediate Closure of City of Parksville OfficesThe City is taking COVID-19 seriously a - read more
March 16, 2020At the request of Mayor Ed Mayne, the following information is being distributed on be - read more
March 12, 2020The City of Parksville is monitoring and responding to the evolving COVID-19 situation - read more
News Release - March 11, 2020On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global h - read more
News Release - February, 27, 2020Recent stories from national and international news media indicate - read more

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EMO Community Update - May 7
Posted: May 8, 2020
May 7, 2020

On May 6, Premier John Horgan's announced the BC Restart Plan, a strategy to slowly ease restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Later this month, we will begin to see the gradual reopening of some sectors of the province, spaced out in intervals of two to four weeks. People will be able to slowly expand their social circle to a few friends or extended family members, but will need to stay outside in gatherings of only two to six people while maintaining physical distancing. 

The rescheduling of elective surgeries is now a priority and the resumption of such things as regular dental appointments, chiropractic and physiotherapy sessions, in-person counselling and the voluntary expansion of in-person schooling, all with safety measures in place. 

Personal hygiene measures, such as frequent handwashing, no handshaking and physical distancing remain in effect. Those at higher risk, including people older than sixty and those with compromised immune systems, are being asked to take extra precautions and think through decisions around expanding interactions. Anyone who is showing symptoms of a cold, flu or COVID-19 should stay home and keep a safe distance from others.


GENERAL UPDATES AND INFORMATION

Regional District of Nanaimo, Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation has re-invented itself, adapting to how we are physical distancing. REC Connect has fitness videos, activities, community links and resources, as well as a place for the community to share random acts of recreation and ideas. The Golden Shoe Hunt is ongoing and the community participants are practicing safe physical distancing in the parks. http://www.getinvolved.rdn.ca/golden-shoe?

Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants from Parksville Qualicum Community Foundation
PQCF is accepting applications for a program intended to assist communities in District 69 to ease isolation of residents, seniors and youth. To alleviate isolation challenges, local residents can apply for up to $500 for projects that connect people socially, or share skills and talents. Projects must stay within guidelines for physical distancing. The end date will be determined based on public health orders and eligibility details and application is on the PQCF website.

RDN Transit
Starting June 1, RDN Transit service will return to front door loading and the collection of fares. Temporary vinyl panels will be installed for operators and riders to support physical distancing in addition to enhanced cleaning on buses.

Keeping In Touch Program
Oceanside Community Safety offers a Keeping in Touch (KIT) program designed to assist seniors living alone with a daily check-in call. Details at www.oceansidecsv.org/content/keeping-touch


UPDATES FROM CITY OF PARKSVILLE

Survey Seeks Feedback on Public Engagement
The COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing measures have changed how the City connects with residents. Because we are not able to meet in person, the City is seeking input from residents to determine whether there is an interest in engaging on regular non-COVID related business. The survey may be accessed from the City’s website and here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/parksvilleengage. The survey will close on June 7.

UPDATES FROM TOWN OF QUALICUM BEACH

The Town is pleased to support the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club on their re-opening to members only on May 4. Please visit the club’s website for more information at www.golfqualicum.ca.

HEALTH REMINDERS

Staying Well in Uncertain Times
This week, recognized by the Canadian Mental Health Association as Mental Health Week in BC, focusses on the importance of maintaining social connections and good mental health. COVID-19 has placed a significant amount of pressure on employees, employers and families. Isolation, fear for the well-being of loved ones and financial strain creates many challenges. 

Expanded mental health supports, because of the pandemic, are available online and by phone. CMHA offers many online programs - peer support, mental health check in, community counselling, and such programs as Confident Parents - Thriving Kids, Bounce Back and more. CMHA provides strategies and tools you can use at home - health information, taking care of your health and well-being, what to do if feeling overwhelmed and suggestions for managing financial uncertainty. If you need immediate help, CMHA also offers a crisis line 1 800 784-2433. There are many resources available to help stay mentally healthy.

Canadian Mental Health Association resources

Managing COVID-19 stress, anxiety and depression

List of BC Mental Health supports

Health Link BC resources

Society of Organized Services 
The counselling referral program offered by SOS connects residents with professional counsellors online, a mental health support for residents. The essential services offered by SOS are listed here; please check the SOS website as work has begun to restart other programs. 

Emergency Assistance and Advocacy - support local residents with emergency assistance for things like food and medicine (vouchers). 
Counselling Referral - connect residents with professional counsellors online.
Oceanside Better at Home/BC211 - help seniors shop for their groceries.
Meals on Wheels - deliver nutritious meals three times a week.
Seniors Advocacy Services - answer questions over the phone and helping connect seniors with much needed government benefits.
Homeless Prevention Program - supports homeless individuals with supplies and housing emergency assistance.

STAY INFORMED

We will keep you informed of any changes to how the Town of Qualicum Beach and the City of Parksville operate as
this pandemic evolves. City staff and elected officials are practicing physical distance and sanitizing protocols and many
services continue to be available by phone, email and online, please refer to your municipality for contact information.
Health-related information is available from:


For information, contact:
Rob Daman Emergency Program Coordinator Town of Qualicum Beach rdaman@qualicumbeach.com 
Aaron Dawson Emergency Program Coordinator City of Parksville adawson@parksville.ca
Deb Tardiff Manager of Communications City of Parksville dtardiff@parksville.ca 

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