COVID-19 Medical Information:
- For people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who require assistance with other health issues, call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1.
- BC's Self-Assessment Tool can help you determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.
Anyone in B.C. who has symptoms of COVID-19 can now be tested for the virus. You must have a booked appointment at the test collection centre through 8-1-1 or a family health practitioner.
From The BC Centre for Disease Control:
- Have you taken a flight recently? Check the list of flights with a confirmed case of COVID-19 on board: http://ow.ly/Qyji50yYAuT If you are arriving from outside of Canada, it is mandatory to self-isolate for 14 days. People exposed on a domestic flight also need to self-isolate.
For More Information
- Looking for updates from Dr. Bonnie Henry? The latest videos and live streaming of COVID-19 media conferences are posted at https://www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/ | https://twitter.com/BCGovNews
- Latest BC modelling: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Covid-19_May4_PPP.pdf
- Federal: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
- Provincial: http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus
- Local: https://www.islandhealth.ca/news/news-releases
- Local https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/diseases-conditions/novel-coronavirus-information
- You can access a list of other BC Provincial Health Orders regarding COVID-19 on the Provincial Health Officer's page.
- The Province of BC has banned open air burning, in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic and respiratory illness.
- Central Saanich bylaw officers can be reached through the Fire Department at 250-544-4244.
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The District of Central Saanich activated our Emergency Operations Centre on March 10. Activating the EOC provides a mechanism to centralize planning and coordinate communications. It is important to recognize the District is not the lead agency on COVID-19 (coronavirus) and will continue to take direction from the Province and Island Health. Staff are working to reduce any disruptions to District operations and to ensure regular updates on the COVID-19 situation. If you have a question specifically for the EOC, you can email EmergencyProgram@csaanich.ca or phone 250-544-4225, Monday to Friday, 9 am- 4pm.
To ensure the health and safety of our first responders, staff and community we are temporarily restricting public access to:
- All playgrounds are closed to support the Provincial Health Officer's physical distancing orders.
- Sports fields can be used by members of the same household.
- Tennis, pickleball and basketball courts are open. Users are expected to continue to adhere to public health guidelines of maintaining two metres of physical distance, no sharing of equipment, practicing good hand hygiene, and staying home if sick.
- Municipal Hall *by appointment only
- Fire Station 1 on Keating Cross Road *by appointment only
- Central Saanich Police Service *by appointment only
- Public Works Yard *deliveries only
- Private function spaces at Fire Station 1, Municipal Hall and the Fieldhouse and shelters at Centennial Park are unavailable for booking until further notice.
The Central Saanich Cultural Centre in Brentwood Bay is leased to different user groups. At this time the Centre for Active Living 50+, Panorama Recreation programs, and the Greater Victoria Public Library are closed. The public washrooms in Centennial and Verdier parks are open; we have increased cleaning and ask users to practice optimal hygiene.
Council Meetings and Public Hearings
Council meetings will continue so Council can move regular business forward. As the Municipal Hall is closed to the public, for the time being, all Council meetings are being broadcast live here. If you wish to submit a comment or question to Council for the meeting, you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver via the drop box at the front door prior to noon on the day of the meeting. Submissions for 'Public Questions' will be read aloud at the meeting. Your question(s) may have to be summarized to fit within the allotted time.
Access Services Online or By Phone
Many of our services can be accessed online or call us at 250-652-4444 so we can assist you.
- We have extended deadlines - see the property tax page for more information
- You can pay your water bill through online banking (the discount period has been extended from 30 to 90 days).
- You can watch Council meetings online following the day they occur.
- You can contact staff by email.
- You can contact Mayor and Council by email.
- You can apply for permits via new process
- The Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank is in urgent need of donations. If you are able, please consider donating online at www.splfoodbank.com/donate or by phone 250-655-0679.
- Beacon Community Services is working to provide information and assistance to seniors and other vulnerable local residents by phone at 250-655-5537. If you know of any vulnerable members of our community looking for information or assistance, please pass this contact information along. If you are looking to volunteer during this time, please consider contacting Beacon Community Services regarding volunteering opportunities.
- Donate blood - visit www.blood.ca for more information.
- The District reminds all residents to not flush sanitizer wipes, paper towels or baby wipes. These non-flushable items are being seen in local and regional sewer systems and can create blockages and impact sewer station functions.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Stay home and avoid unnecessary trips.
- Practice social distancing – If you are out in public, keep a distance of 2 meters (6’) from other people.
- Do not gather in groups anywhere.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve and not your hands.
- Do not flush sanitizer wipes, paper towels or baby wipes. These non-flushable items are being seen in local and regional sewer systems and can create blockages and impact sewer station functions.