PHO order on province-wide restrictions
By order and direction of the PHO, all individuals, places of work and businesses in B.C. must significantly reduce social interactions and travel.
The order is in effect until February 5, 2021 at midnight.
For the most up-to-date restrictions and info from the Province please visit the B.C.'s response to COVID-19 website.
Masks are now required for everyone in all public indoor settings and workplaces. People who cannot wear a mask or who cannot put on or remove a mask on their own are exempt.
- Employers are expected to enforce the mandatory mask policy with both employees and customers
- A customer can be refused entry or service if they do not wear a mask
- View on B.C. Government website
Social gatherings and events
No social gatherings of any size with anyone other than your household or core bubble. For example:
- Do not invite friends or extended family to your household
- Do not gather outdoors
- Do not gather in your backyard
- Do not have playdates for children
- View on B.C. Government website
We will share more information when it is available.
As the situation unfolds, we will continue to monitor credible sources and will work with our provincial and regional partners. It’s important to note that Saanich is not the lead agency on COVID-19; we will take direction from the Province and the Provincial Health Officer.
Click the images below to find information on existing and newly created programs to provide a summary of support options most relevant to families and businesses.
Municipal Hall public access
The municipal hall and annex are currently open to the public with counter services in the areas of Planning, Engineering, Building Inspections, Finance, Reception, Legislative Services, Recreation, Human Resources, Occupational Health and Safety and the Mayor’s Office.
Public access is on a first-come first-serve basis via the parking lot entrance of the municipal hall. Visitors are limited to a maximum of 11 people at a time and will be required to use hand sanitizer and wear a visitor badge when entering the facility. We encourage the public to continue to access online services or make appointments if possible. General contacts are available here for appointments [PDF - 149 KB].
Plexi-glas protective barriers and other measures such as advisory and directional signage have been installed in all public areas and at all service counters for the health and safety of staff and the public. Saanich asks that you do not visit a municipal facility if you:
- Are displaying any of the following new or worsening symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Loss of appetite
- Extreme fatigue or tiredness
- Body aches
- Nausea or vomiting
- Have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days
- Have been identified by Public Health as a close contact of someone with COVID-19
- Have been told to isolate by Public Health
Council meeting participation
Council meetings and Committee of the Whole meetings will continue via webcast only until further notice.
Advisory committees, standing committees, board and commission meetings have restarted although the public is not able to attend in person at this time.
Public feedback on items can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Provincial health orders: recreation fitness class changes, wearing masks - November 25, 2020
- Provincial health orders: Saanich Parks - November 26, 2020
As a result of the order from the Provincial Health Officer issued on December 3, 2020 and subsequently extended December 7, 2020, most indoor and outdoor adult sport activity at Saanich Recreation Facilities are paused until January 8. This includes basketball, cheerleading, combat sports, martial arts, floor hockey, floor ringette, ice hockey, ringette, team skating, soccer, netball and volleyball. We will continue to work with the evolving guidance that is forthcoming from the Provincial Health Officer and our other advisory bodies.
Badminton and tennis remain open as single court bookings or block bookings. At this point, doubles are not permitted; singles only with one person per side of the net. Further, squash is permitted with single players only at this time.
This action is in addition to our current pause on indoor group fitness and physical activity. Please visit saanich.ca for updates or call your local recreation centre before heading out.
Mask order November 24
As per the provincial health orders issued November 24, mask use is mandatory in all of our facilities, except while participating in a sport or fitness activity.
As per the new provincial health orders, no park permit applications that may encourage social activities in parks such as picnics, events or gatherings are currently being accepted or issued. Some existing permits will continue under COVID-19 protocols and safety plans (e.g., amateur sports).
The provincial health orders also restrict certain activities such as no spectators at indoor or outdoor sports and no activity with teams from outside the Capital Regional District (CRD). This means park permit holders cannot host teams, groups and individuals from outside the CRD at any Saanich facility. This is effective immediately until further notice.
You can still enjoy one of Saanich’s 170 parks and more than 100 kilometres of trails by going for a walk with your immediate household members or one other close contact while keeping physical distance. The playgrounds remain open, but we recommend coming back later if it’s busy.
The Cedar Hill Golf Course is currently open. Please see the golf course page for further information.
We have reopened some outdoor facilities.These facilities and activities allow residents to enjoy outdoor sports in a careful and safe way.
The recreation facilities in Saanich Parks that have reopened include:
- 35 tennis courts;
- 11 pickleball courts;
- 21 sports courts (e.g., basketball and street hockey); and
- the Lambrick Skate Park.
Saanich's 56 playgrounds are currently open.
All playgrounds in municipal parks reopened with new signage to indicate health and safety guidelines for play. Saanich encourages those using the playgrounds to:
- practice safe physical distancing;
- wash your hands before and after using the play area;
- come back later if the area seems too busy;
- limit your time if others are waiting; and
- stay home if you feel sick.
If one park or playground looks crowded we have lots more. There are more than 170 parks (including natural state and undeveloped park lands) in Saanich for you to discover and explore! Use our find a park tool.
We made the decision to reopen with modified hours to accommodate appropriate physical distancing for our staff and for our residents using the service.Saanich is expanding our service hours for the yard and garden waste drop-off site.
Garden waste drop off hours are:
Monday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Tuesday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Wednesday - closed
- Thursday - closed
- Friday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Saturday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Sunday – closed
Please be mindful to not block intersections and congest corridors with your vehicle while waiting to access the drop off.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Inquiries for other business can be made through email@example.com or by calling 250-475-5599.
Our staff are working hard to ensure curbside collection service levels are maintained.
Check out our tips for guidance on what you can do to help us stay safe and healthy.
Following the direction from the Provincial Health Officer, Saanich has cancelled any meetings or gatherings of 50 or more. These events will remain cancelled until further direction from the Provincial Health Officer.
The BC Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organization report that hand washing is the most effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19.
A reminder to our staff and residents:
- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands;
- avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- cough and sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve and not your hands;
- stay home if you are sick, especially if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, to avoid spreading the illness to others; and
- practice social distancing (e.g., keeping a two metre distance and avoid touching others).
As a preventative measure, have reviewed and adjusted our cleaning protocols. High contact surfaces in all municipal facilities are being cleaned more frequently.
- October 29 - Saanich Archives reopens to the public
- October 14 - Saanich supports flexible options to stay connected
- August 17 - Flipside Youth Centre will remain closed this fall
- July 28 - Saanich reopens public service counters at municipal hall
- July 2 - Saanich begins gradual reopening of recreation centres
- June 8 - Saanich reopens playgrounds
- June 1 - Recreation facilities update
- May 20 - Saanich reopens some outdoor facilities
- May 15 - Yard and garden waste drop-off schedule change
- May 4 - Cedar Hill Golf Course re-opens
- April 30 - Saanich adjusts property tax payment methods and late penalties
- April 24 - Saanich yard and garden waste drop off service will reopen Saturday, April 25 with modified hours
- April 21 - Learn more about Saanich’s Emergency Operations Centre
- April 9 - Stay active while maintaining distance this long weekend
- April 2 - Saanich suspends utility bill penalties
- March 27 - Saanich’s list of top ten things to remember during COVID-19
- March 24 - Saanich COVID-19 update: 2020 financial planning changes
- March 23 - Saanich COVID-19 update: temporary closure of Saanich outdoor recreation facilities
- March 20 - Saanich COVID-19 update: temporary closure of Saanich playgrounds and structures
- March 18 - Saanich COVID-19 update: all municipal facilities closed to the public
- March 16 - Saanich COVID-19 update: Recreation centres closed effective March 17
- March 12 - COVID-19 information