March 23, 2020
Thank you for following the rules set forth by the Provincial Health Authority (see below). We are in unprecedented times and we have very little time to actually flatten the curve and slow the spread of Covid-19. Look carefully at the graph! I can’t stress enough that each and every one of us must take responsibility for our actions. It is not only yourself that you have to protect but everyone else in our community. Our essential services like the grocery, the drug store, the gas station and the City must stay open. Do not put these dedicated workers at risk by your behavior.
A Provincial State of Emergency has been declared by BC. It is imperative that all levels of government work together to be efficient and effective as we navigate these challenging times. There is no need to make a local declaration as a patch work of different declarations and rules could complicate service delivery. Locally, we will implement and enforce all Provincial Orders that are issued. Things change daily so be sure to check out www.bccdc.ca, our COVID-19 website info page at www.rossland.caand the IHA resources on the back of this notice.
It should be obvious by now that parties and/or gatherings of people of any size are irresponsible and potentially dangerous. Just don’t do it.
We have now closed our playgrounds because the virus can live on hard surfaces for days. These closures also promote social distancing. Currently, our playing fields will remain open but only so long as the 2m distance requirements are met. Non-compliance will mean the fields will have to be closed for all. Do your part by not only maintaining your distance, but gently reminding others to do the same. We are lucky that we have trails nearby, get out, enjoy the outdoors, but do so only with members of your own household - and maintain social distancing from others at all times.
We are a close community, we care for each other and can help each other: Rotary has set up a system to shop for those most vulnerable, the Food Bank has set policies in place to protect their clients and volunteers, Tourism Rossland updates a list of business hours and changes (i.e. take-out only). Call an elderly or immune-compromised person that you know and see if you can help them, at a safe distance of course. Contact me if you need more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will get through this together and this too shall pass. Let’s be a model of how to do it right.
Mayor Kathy Moore