COVID-19 information

Page last updated on March 25, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

 

 News releases and updates

Saanich municipal facilities

All Saanich municipal faciliies are closed to the public. Some services are available by appointment only (see below for details). 

Municipal Hall public access

Public access to the municipal hall and the annex is reduced to ‘by appointment only’. Staff are responding to phone and email inquiries. General contacts are available here [PDF - 149 KB]. If you need to attend the Hall, please make an appointment through the general department email or phone number.

Recreation

All Saanich indoor and outdoor recreation facilities and services are closed. This also includes the Cedar Hill Golf Golf Course. Golf course 2020-21 annual pass sales are suspended until further notice. Please see the golf course page for further information.

Phone services are available at all recreation centres from Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please note that in-person services are not available at this time.

Online services continue to be available. Please visit saanich.ca/recreation.

Credits for cancelled programs

Credits will be issued to anyone who has registered for activities affected by these closures. Saanich staff will automatically apply the appropriate credit to your Active Net account. There is no need to contact us to cancel.

Any refund requests will be processed at a later date.

Playgrounds and parks 

All public playgrounds are closed. The temporary closure affects only playgrounds that are in Saanich parks or at Saanich recreation facilities.

Parks remain open at this time,  but we ask that users please respect appropriate physical distancing guidlines and stay 1-2 metres away from other users. 

Parks and Public Works Yard public access

Public access to the Parks and Public Works Yard is reduced to ‘by appointment only’ with access provided from the Borden Street gate. Appointments can be made through publicworks@saanich.ca or by calling 250-475-5599.

This applies to inquiries for both Public Works and Parks. Deliveries and service provider access will be maintained.

Garden waste drop-off

Yard and garden waste services is not available. Green bins curbside pick-up is continuing.

There will be no appointments available for garden waste drop-off.

Please see our list of appropriate green bin waste materials. Please consider composting yard and garden waste at home and/or temporarily store the material in your yard until normal operations resume.

Greener garbage

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. 

Fire Hall #1

Public access to Fire Hall #1 is reduced to ‘by appointment only’. Appointments can be made through fireadmin@saanich.ca or by calling 250-475-5500.

Burning permits can be conducted over the phone and fees are being waived at this time.

Council meeting participation

All Saanich public hearings have been cancelled until further notice.

All scheduled advisory committees, standing committees, board, foundation and commission meetings have also been cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Standing Committee on Finance and Governance.

Council meetings and Committee of the Whole meetings will continue via webcast only until further notice.

Public feedback on items can be emailed to council@saanich.ca.

Saanich events

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.

Prevention

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.

Emergency services prevention

We continue to follow best practices for prevention of disease spread and avoiding exposure. These range from disinfecting all equipment to scene assessments. For more information please review the precautions document [PDF - 122 KB].

Provincial information line

In an effort to ease the burden on HealthLink 811, B.C. has set up a dedicated COVID-19 line at 1-888-COVID19 or text at 1-888-268-4319.

Actions taken to date

The District of Saanich is prepared to handle potential impacts and service disruptions from COVID-19, and we continue to monitor credible sources.

It’s important to note that Saanich is not the lead agency on COVID-19; we will take direction from the Province and the Medical Health Office.

We encourage the public to follow our corporate social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) for updates.