The City of Kamloops has declared a state of local emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The declaration gives the city the opportunity to quickly address emerging issues for the purposes of enhancing preparedness and response to the pandemic and make decisions. The city issued states of local emergency in 2015 (due to flooding) and in 2017 (due to wildfires and evacuations). On Monday, March 16, the city activated its Emergency Operations Centre.
“These are difficult and unprecedented times,” Mayor Ken Christian said. “The precautions, closures of facilities to public and cancellation of programs and events over the past several days have been made through the recommendations and direction of our public health officials in the best interest and wellbeing of our residents and employees.”
The city is encouraging all residents and businesses to follow the direction of public health officials, including limiting public gatherings and practising social distancing. Effective immediately, the city is suspending the collection of parking and transit fees until further notice.
In an effort to protect residents and employees, and practise social distancing, the city will be winding down non-essential services and implementing work-from-home protocols wherever possible. Council and statutory committee meetings will be postponed until further notice.
As of Friday, March 20, the following services will remain operational:
• Kamloops Fire Rescue
• Kamloops RCMP
• Kamloops Bylaw services
• Emergency social services
• Residential garbage and recycling pickup (includes commercial and multi-family)
• Landfills, recycling, and yard waste depots
• City parks, dog parks, trails, and public washrooms
• Kamloops Centre for Water Quality
• Kamloops Sewage Treatment Centre
• Building inspection services
• Building permit services
• Business licensing services
• Planning services
• Transportation and engineering services
• Social and community health
• Road maintenance, water, and sewer utilities
• Financial services
To stay up to date on the City’s response to COVID-19, visit Kamloops.ca/COVID.