The Capital Regional District (CRD) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and reviewing its essential services and decision-making processes to ensure business continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an essential service provider, the CRD must continue to operate and maintain service delivery that is crucial to the well-being of residents.
Significant effort has been put into planning and preparedness for water and wastewater service delivery, solid waste management, housing and emergency response services such as emergency coordination and communication for fire protection.
“I want to reassure the public, the Board and staff that, we, as the CRD are taking this situation very seriously and are doing everything possible to respond to the situation in a safe, measured and concerted manner,” said CRD Board Chair Colin Plant. “The health and safety of our public, staff and the provision of our essential services remain our primary focus.”
The CRD’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Bob Lapham addressed the Board today to provide an update on steps the CRD is taking to protect the health and safety of the public and staff and to ensure continuity of essential services. The CRD directly employs more than 1100 people, with over 600 regular and 500 auxiliary staff. In addition, the CRD currently has more than 30 active construction sites with more than 800 project and construction staff actively working.
In order to minimize risk of COVID-19 exposure, additional measures to ensure occupational health and safety for staff include enhanced cleaning of essential service workplaces including common touch points, work spaces, washrooms, fleet vehicles, tools and equipment. Enhanced cleaning will take place daily with cleaning supplies and instructions deployed by CRD Facilities Maintenance and cleaning contractors.
The CRD is actively looking at the redeployment and accommodation of staff to maintain essential service operations. Effective March 17, Panorama, SEAPARC and Salt Spring Island PARC recreation facilities are closed and effective today, public access will be restricted to CRD facilities.
In addition to measures being taken to protect staff, the CRD has changed the organization of the Board room to allow for social distancing best practices between attendees, and a process for not exceeding 50 people in the room. Updates to the Board Procedures bylaw approved today will also allow for electronic participation in meetings.
For updated information on the CRD’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.crd.bc.ca/covid
Editorial Note: Read all official, current and ongoing updates on COVID-19 specifically related to Salt Spring Island on the Salt Spring Exchange under our News > 'Special Alert: COVID-19' News section.