Richmond’s COVID 19 response aligns with provincial emergency Orders announced yesterday
27 March 2020
The City of Richmond has escalated its response to COVID-19 over the past several days to ensure the wellbeing and safety of its citizens. The series of emergency Orders announced yesterday (March 26) by the B.C. government to allow for coordinated efforts throughout the province are consistent with the measures Richmond is taking and will provide further powers to the City.
“The alignment of our priorities will maximize both the province’s and Richmond’s success in addressing COVID 19 and aiding those significantly impacted,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “We are strategizing how to swiftly support provincial efforts, while we continue to keep the best interests of everyone in our community, including Richmond businesses, a priority.”
For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, the emergency powers granted to the City of Richmond by the provincial government include:
- Enabling City bylaw officers to support the enforcement of provincial health officer’s orders and directives.
- Giving Council the ability to hold more flexible meetings to expedite decisions which would accelerates the implementation of important life safety measures.
- Coordinating potential use of local publicly owned facilities, like community centres, for self-isolation, testing, medical care, warehousing and distribution.
The ministerial Orders issued under the Emergency Program Act are outlined in the B.C. government news release issued yesterday.
The precautions, special measures, facility closures and program cancellations the City has enacted over the last several days are still in affect and are in place to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
Residents and businesses are urged to comply with the Orders and recommendations of the Provincial Health officials and Vancouver Coastal Health, including physical distancing, stellar hygiene, staying home if sick and adhering to business closures.