Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

On August 23, 2021, Premier Horgan announced that the province will not be moving to Stage 4 of BC's Restart Plan on September 7. As a result, the Village of Lions Bay will continue operating facility use under limited capacities as outlined in Step 3 of BC's Restart Plan.

In order to be compliant with the latest Public Health Orders issued by the Province of British Columbia, the Village of Lions Bay will be implementing the following:

As of August 25, 2021:

  • Requiring that anybody inside facilities wear a mask (exceptions for children under the age of 12 or those with a medical condition or disability).

As of September 13, 2021:

  • Requiring any community group or business renting indoor Village of Lions Bay facilities to verify that their participants age 12 years and up are compliant with the Public Health Order (first dose of vaccine).

As of October 24, 2021:

  • Requiring any community group or business renting Village of Lions Bay indoor facilities to verify that their participants ages 12 and up are fully vaccinated, meaning that they are in compliant with the Public Health Order (proof of vaccination).

We are in Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan:

  • Fitness classes - all indoor fitness classes allowed to run with normal capacity.
  • Weight Rooms will gradually increase to normal capacity.
  • Indoor spectators of 50 people or 50% capacity (whichever is greater) permitted.
  • Outdoor spectators of 5,000 or 50% capacity (whichever is great) permitted.
  • New Communicable Disease Guidelines in place.
How can I prevent getting infected?

The most important thing you can do to prevent infection is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth. You can also practice respiratory etiquette and social distancing.

Reduce Your Risk of Infection

To help reduce your risk of infection:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection
  • If a sink is not available, alcohol-based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them
  • Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Follow good respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.
  • Avoid crowded public spaces and places. Examples include mass gatherings, such as concerts and sporting events. Examples do not include hospitals (for healthcare workers) and schools
  • Maintain social distancing by keeping at least a 2-metre distance between yourself and others
  • Avoid shaking hands

For more information on proper hand washing see:

 

Social Distancing
Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other. Social distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. With patience and cooperation, we can all do our part.
 
This means making changes in your everyday routines to minimize close contact with others, including:
 
  • avoiding non-essential gatherings 
  • avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
  • avoiding crowded places such as concerts, arenas, conferences and festivals
  • limiting contact with people at higher risk like older adults and those in poor health
  • keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible
Self-Assessment

The BC Ministry of Health has developed a Self-Assessment Tool to help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable. See: https://covid19.thrive.health/.

Self-monitor, self-isolate and isolate

There is a difference between advice to self-monitor, advice to self-isolate and advice to isolate. It is important to note these measures are in place to protect the health and safety of Canadians.

 

Self-monitor

 
You should self-monitor if you:
 
  • have no symptoms and
  • may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or
  • you are in close contact with older adults or people who are medically vulnerable or
  • you have been asked to do so by the local public health authority
  • Self-monitoring means to:
    • monitor yourself for symptoms of respiratory illness, such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing
    • avoid crowded places and increase your personal space from others when possible

 

Self-isolate

 
You should self-isolate if you:
 
  • have no symptoms and
  • may have been exposed to COVID-19 as a result of: 
    • travelling outside of Canada within the last 14 days or
    • coming in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Self-isolation means to:
    • stay at home
    • monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days
    • avoid contact with others
If there are others in your home, this means to:
 
  • stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if possible
  • keep at least 2 metres between yourself and other people
  • keep interactions brief and wear a mask
  • do not share personal items, such as toothbrushes, towels, bed linen, utensils or electronic devices
  • at least once daily, clean and disinfect surfaces that you touch often, like toilets, bedside tables, doorknobs, phones and television remotes
  • avoid contact with individuals with chronic conditions, compromised immune systems and older adults
  • avoid contact with pets if you live with other people that may also be touching them

 

Isolate

 
You need to isolate yourself if you:
 
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or
  • are waiting for laboratory test results or
  • have been advised to do so by the local public health authority
Isolating yourself means to:
 
  • stay home until the local public health authority says you are no longer at risk of spreading the virus
  • avoid contact with others
  • follow the direction for self-isolation
If you develop symptoms:
 
  • isolate yourself
  • stay home
  • avoid other people
  • contact your local public health authority
Health Agencies
For more information and updates on the rapidly evolving situation regarding this pandemic, please see the following official agency websites:
 
 
Village of Lions Bay Information
The Village of Lions Bay is concerned to ensure the health and safety of all residents and staff, and to that effect, please note the following information:
 
  • Broughton Hall is open in compliance with the most recent Provincial Health Officer's order. 

    As of August 25, 2021: Requiring that anybody inside facilities wear a mask (exceptions for children under the age of 12 or those with a medical condition or disability). As of September 13, 2021: Requiring any community group or business renting indoor Village of Lions Bay facilities to verify that their participants age 12 years and up are compliant with the Public Health Order (first dose of vaccine). As of October 24, 2021: Requiring any community group or business renting Village of Lions Bay indoor facilities to verify that their participants ages 12 and up are fully vaccinated, meaning that they are in compliant with the Public Health Order (proof of vaccination).

  • The Village Office is open to the public. Masks are required to be worn. Hand sanitizer is available for use.  Some staff are working in the office, to the extent necessary, some at home.
  • For assistance with Municipal services, please contact the Office at:
  • Arrangements will be made for delivery of documents or meetings where required, but Building Inspection services will be adjusted to meet restrictions.
  • Public Works staff will be employing safe working protocols and ensuring the delivery of essential Municipal services, such as your water and sewer services.
  • For assistance with Public Works services, please contact the Office as above or:
  • Mayor and Council have amended the Procedure Bylaw to enable expanded electronic meeting capabilities through Zoom. For more information on how you can participate, click here. 
The Municipality will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our response as required. The information above will be supplemented with updates through the Village Update as appropriate. If you have not yet signed up for the Village Update, please do so here.