The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) was made aware this afternoon by Vancouver Coastal Health’s Medical Health Officer of a group who travelled to Whistler between March 8 and 13 and have since been confirmed as positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We are working closely with our health authority, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), which is the lead agency on this matter and takes direction from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).
We know this news can cause significant concern among residents and visitors. The RMOW is being guided by local, provincial and federal health authorities and is following all actions recommended by VCH’s Medical Officer of Health.
The RMOW is directing everyone in Whistler to practice social distancing. This means:
- Avoid all non-essential trips into the community
- Postpone or cancel gatherings
- Work from home where possible
- Keep kids away from group settings
- If you do go out, stay at least two metres away from others, wash your hands often and do not touch your face.
Whistler RCMP, Whistler Fire Service and RMOW Bylaw are out in the community directing the public to follow these practices.
The RMOW has emergency plans as part of our regular planning processes. As such, the RMOW’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was launched at 8:00 a.m. on March 15. All municipalities in B.C. are required by the B.C. Emergency Program Act to have a comprehensive emergency management plan in place that outlines how the municipality would manage a variety of community hazards.
For the latest COVID-19 information visit:
Resort Municipality of Whistler www.whistler.ca/covid19
Vancouver Coastal Health www.vch.ca
BC Centre for Disease Control www.bccdc.ca