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LINK TO PDFNew Governance Structure for EMO (with a thank you!) The emergency programs for the - read more
On May 25, the province laid out a four-step reopening plan that could see us slowly return to norma - read more
With the long weekend just ahead of us, we are reminded to follow public health advice to stay in ou - read more
Most British Columbians are doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following public heal - read more
COVID-19 UpdateOur weather in Oceanside this past week has been quite spectacular, providing a - read more
The past year has been a reminder about how important personal preparedness can be and that being pr - read more
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with a plan and being prepared to look - read more
LINK TO PDFWe wish to remind our residents province-wide restrictions remain in place until further - read more
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with a plan and being prepared to look - read more
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with a plan and being prepared to look - read more
Virtual Emergency Preparedness Workshop - March 4Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility t - read more
February 11, 2021Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins with a plan and being - read more
Welcome to 2021! We look forward to continuing to share great emergency preparedness information wit - read more
The pandemic has changed so much about the way we live and work and for Parksville and Qualicum Beac - read more
December 15, 2020Home for the HolidaysThank you for doing your part to keep us all safe. 2020 has be - read more
The actions we take help keep our businesses and schools open and our community and health care serv - read more
November 20, 2020As announced yesterday, by order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer, al - read more
Since late summer, COVID-19 case counts continue to increase in the number of active cases and peopl - read more
At yesterdays briefing, the provincial Medical Health Officer, Dr Bonnie Hendry, announced a substan - read more
We wish for our residents to enjoy a safe and fun Halloween this year. We are passing along some sug - read more
We are adapting to living and working in different ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while we ar - read more
We hope your summer was enjoyable with pleasant outside time and opportunities to connect with frien - read more
We take COVID-19 (Coronavirus) seriously and continue to follow the direction of the Provincial Heal - read more
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

EMO What's New

COVID-19 Update for Parksville-Qualicum Beach
Posted: Mar 27, 2020
March 27, 2020 

The emergency programs for the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach work in unison to provide large-scale emergency support and disaster service to residents of our region. The EMO partnership provides a cooperative and effective approach to managing emergencies in our region and as such has activated a Level 1 Emergency Operations Centre to ensure the best possible response to COVID-19. Most of the COVID-19 related information from Qualicum Beach and Parksville going forward will come from EMO on behalf of both municipalities. 

Scam warning - should you receive a phone call, email or text message about COVID-19 do not share personal information. RCMP are warning the public there are many scams circulating which appear to come from the government or health authority. Links may read as "Canada relief fund" or COVID-19 "emergency relief fund." Protect yourself by deleting the message immediately. 

RDN Transit - the Regional District of Nanaimo transit authority has advised large buses will replace the smaller transit buses to allow for physical distance for everyone, including drivers. As well, you use the rear door of the bus. 

Keeping in Touch - Oceanside Community Safety provides the KIT program in our region, designed to assist seniors who may be concerned about living alone, possibly with medical issues or recovering from a hospital stay. Volunteers will call KIT clients each day between 9 and 10 am to check in and ensure they are OK. If no answer after two tries, a system determines if help is needed. There is no fee for this service and new clients are welcome. Email kit@oceansidecsv.org or call 250 752-2949 (Qualicum Beach) or 250 954-2223 (Parksville) to register. 

Due to COVID-19, the washrooms at the Leigh House and on Veteran's Way are now closed until further notice. Public Washrooms will remain open on the waterfront (Highway 19A) from 7am to 7pm with signage asking user to respect physical distancing and personal hygiene necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As well, Rotary Welch Park is closed and those with bookings will be contacted to receive deposit refunds. 

Public washrooms will remain open in Foster Park, Parksville Community Park and Springwood Park. Washrooms will have limited hours of 7.30 am to dusk with signage asking users to respect physical distancing and personal hygiene necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

The following information is from the BC Centre for Disease Control website. 

What is physical distancing? 
Physical distancing is a way we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact with others. Even though we are not sick, we should keep at least two metres (six feet) or two arms lengths away from one another when outside our homes. 

How can I practice physical distancing? 
  • Avoid non-essential trips, limit activities outside your home and use virtual options to connect with others 
  • Avoid contact with others. If you are out in public, keep at least two metres between yourself and others 
  • Keep your hands at your side when possible 
  • Stay home when you are sick 
  • Cough into your elbow, sleeve or tissue 

How is COVID-19 spread? 
COVID-19 is spread from an infected person through droplets spread when a person coughs or sneezes. It can be spread by touch if a person has used their hands to cover their mouth or nose when they cough or sneeze. Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands. 

What are the symptoms and what should I do if I think I have COVID-19? 
If you have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or sneezing, avoid contact with others and self-isolate at home for at least ten days. While at home, drink lots of water and get plenty of rest. After ten days, if your temperature is normal and you feel better, return to your routine activities. Coughing may persist for several weeks, so a cough alone does not mean you need to continue to self-isolate for more than ten days. If your symptoms worsen, for example you have mild shortness of breath, contact your health care provider or HealthLinkBC (8-1-1) at any time. If you are going to visit your health care provider, call them ahead of time so they can arrange for you to be assessed safely. Wear a mask in order to protect others. Self-assessment tool https://covid19.thrive.health/ If your symptoms are severe, such as difficulty breathing (e.g. struggling to breathe or speaking in single words) or chest pain, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency department. 

The BC Ministry of health released an app for information and alerts on the pandemic. The free BC COVID-19 Support app includes a self-check tool, lists of recommendations and statistics from the government, guides on handwashing and social/physical distancing and basic info about COVID-19. Links at https://bc.thrive.health/ and from Google Play and the Apple App Store. 

BC 2-1-1 
The BC Government has expanded its 2-1-1 phone line to assist seniors at home during the pandemic. Safe Seniors, Strong Communities is a program which matches seniors who need support with non-medical essentials to volunteers in their community willing to help. Call 2-1-1 or visit www.bc211.ca. 

For information, contact: 

Rob Daman, Emergency Program Coordinator, Town of Qualicum Beach 

Aaron Dawson, Emergency Program Coordinator, City of Parksville 

Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications, City of Parksville 

Emergency Management Oceanside - City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach